Connect with us


Dutch national coach uses Phuket to target Olympic gold

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The Dutch national swimming team recently returned to Phuket for the third time to stay and train at the Thanyapura sports center. Among them was Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 50m and 100m freestyle Olympic champion, looking to improve her stroke and secure Olympic victory at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Yet, challenges lay ahead for the young Olympian, just 24 this year, said Patrick Pearson, Kromowidjojo’s personal trainer and head coach of Dutch national training center in Eindhoven.

Pearson joined the national team in June 2013, less than one year after Kromowidjojo scored two gold medals and one silver at the Summer Olympics in London, and six years since her first Olympic gold, for 4×100m freestyle at the Games in Beijing.

“Ranomi had a pretty tough time having become two-time Olympic champion,” Pearson told the Phuket Gazette. “In the first years, she found it difficult to motivate herself.”

Two years later, Kromowidjojo is on the way back to the top of her sport, and with the Rio games drawing near, her motivation is peaking.

“She worked a lot on herself and on her goals, and now she knows that she simply likes swimming and that the main thing that counts are the Olympics,” Pearson said.Motivation, however, is not everything. The Olympian has to outdo herself each time, and previous records are simply not enough for the next games.

“From a physiological perspective, she’s as good as she was in 2012 when she was scoring medals in London,” Pearson explained.

“But for the next Summer Olympics, she has to be better. And we see there is space left for improvement.”

Kromowidjojo’s performance analysis takes place during her weekly training session at the training center in Eindhoven, where the swimmer spends as many as 26 hours a week with her coach.

However, though the national center is very well equipped, the team has to travel abroad during the winter, in search of sun and conditions to train outdoors.

“When we want some sun, which provides Vitamin D, a crucial element in staying fit, we need to leave Europe and travel south,” Pearson explained.

“Here in Phuket, we have these accommodations and facilities, the very good pools with starting blocks just like the ones we have at home, great food and the whole Thanyapura team working for us. That’s what keeps us coming back here.”

The team’s visits to Phuket, the latest of which was three-weeks long and ended on January 30, are not holidays. The intensive daily training routine runs from Monday to Saturday, leaving just one day for down time, often including a visit to the beach or one of Phuket’s tourist attractions.

“The training camp is always different than training at home,” Pearson noted. “We have a small group; but it still includes a lot of support physiotherapists, doctors and so on, and we have a lot of social control over each other.”

Kromowidjojo, however, needs no additional incentive. With the Summer Olympics just 18 months away and 16 of her colleagues on the Dutch swimming team eager to take her place on the podium, she has all the motivation she needs to give her best, again.

— Maciek Klimowicz


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Weather1 hour ago

Flood warnings below of Chao Phraya Dam, across Thailand

Thailand3 hours ago

US calls meeting with Thai officials to resolve donated vaccines

Thailand4 hours ago

10 Burmese migrant workers arrested in Songkhla

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand4 hours ago

Over 50 million vaccine doses administered in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Sunday Covid-19 Afternoon Update: Provincial Totals

World5 hours ago

China announces cryptocurrency trading is illegal

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
North East5 hours ago

Stolen 72 year old elephant returned to owner after 18 years

Thailand6 hours ago

Pattaya readjusts tourism goals for high season

Thailand7 hours ago

Phuket relaxes checkpoint requirements to help tourists and health officials

Phuket7 hours ago

Phuket Covid-19: 2 deaths, 4 Sandbox infections, 10k total cases

Thailand8 hours ago

Facebook page that claims to sell dog meat met with scorn on social media

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand welcomes its first AI influencer, “AI Ailynn”

Thailand10 hours ago

Umbrellas out, more monsoonal rain in the wake of ‘Dianmu’

Thailand11 hours ago

Sunday Covid update: 125 deaths and 12,353 new cases

Thailand20 hours ago

Record-breaking 1 million Covid-19 vaccines given yesterday

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11