Five Erasmus University students to Olympic Games

Five students from Erasmus University Rotterdam are taking part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. They are hockey players Seve van Ass, Marloes Keetels and Larissa Meijer, track cyclist Joost van der Burg and horse rider Merel Blom. Recently, the Dutch team for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was introduced.

Five students and two alumni from Erasmus University are off to the Olympic Games, which start on 5 August:  

Seve van Ass


hockey player, Hockeyclub Rotterdam, student Business Administration

Merel Blom


equestrian sport, Team Eventing, student Dutch and Fiscal law

Joost van der Burg


track cycling team pursuit, student Fiscal Economics

Marloes Keetels


ladies hockey, national champion with Den Bosch, student Business Administration

Larissa Meijer


reserve keeper ladies hockey, student Health Care Management


Of the alumni, rowers Maaike Head and Mitchel Steenman (both Skadi) are going to Rio de Janeiro.

Recently there was a ‘farewell moment’ at Erasmus Sport, in the presence of Rector Magnificus Huibert Pols (right) and member of the Board Bart Straatman (center):


Top sport at Erasmus University
Through Erasmus Topsport, Erasmus University offers support to top athletes in terms of facilities and combining training with studying. For students with a top sport status, faculties, study advisors and tutors discuss how the study programme can best be combined with the sports agenda. Over 95 top athletes are enrolled with Erasmus Topsport.

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