Have you ever wondered how it is to play professional basketball in Poland? Kourtney Treffers recently extended her contract for another year with Ślęza Wrocław. Besides that, she went on tour with the Dutch National Team to Rome to play against two of the best American College teams there are.
In Poland, everything is more professional, and everyone works very hard on the details, especially on the court.
I think that the Polish culture is quite cold, but the work mentality is very high.
I get up around eight in the morning and eat some oatmeal with a piece of fruit. Around nine o’clock I drive to the gym. The first practice of the day starts around 10 a.m. and lasts until 12. After this practice, I have some time for myself. Usually, I go home to rest and eat something. Around six our second practice of the day starts. This time of day we practice for about two hours, until 8 o’clock. Then, I have the rest of the night off.
It took quite a while before I felt at home in Poland. When I arrived there, I already had my knee injury and that made it harder for me to feel at home between people I did not know.
It was a really difficult period for me, because I had never experienced this before. It was even harder, because I made the decision to rehabilitate back home in the Netherlands. After a while, you do miss being together with your team, and practicing with them. Eventually, it turned out great, and my injury healed. Still, this was a learning moment for me, and I came out stronger.
I do not think I can explain the feeling… It is so special. The team and I worked so hard and done so much to get to that point and win the Championship.
I am very happy that she joined our team. She deserves to play for a great club. I think she can mean a lot for this team, on and off the court.
Yes, we just started with our pre-season. Now, we are busy with getting our condition back, and learning the plays. Our goal is to be ready for the first game of the season and the Eurocup game.
I think it is difficult to say what my expectations are. I expect that we give it our all, high intensity on the court and that we are willing to work hard. If we do this, we will see where we end up. Our main competitor would be Polkowive and they have a strong team, with great individual players.
I would like to play for Bourges, a team in France.
It was a great and fun experience to play against these teams. I think that this kind of teams, with young players, bring a lot of energy to the floor and work as hard as they can to win games.
I think it is an honor to play for the National team. Every year I enjoy playing for the team again.
It is never easy to qualify if you are at the bottom, but that is no reason to think that we cannot and will not make it. I believe we can make it! I know that if everyone uses their qualities in the right way that we are going to make it!
I think it is always easy to say that you could have done things in a different way. If I could turn back time, I would have made the same choices. Playing at a College and studying in America is a good and practical combination, but I did not make that choice and I have no regrets.
I think the best tip I have ever gotten is “in order to succeed, you must dare to fail”.
The most important thing I learned is to always have fun while playing basketball and that you always have to work hard.
Yes, I do. I always listen to the same song before I put on my shoes. It is called Believe by Fearless Motivation, and it is an inspirational speech.
I think I can improve my mentality next season.
My greatest skill is my athleticism.
That would be in Den Helder, de Sportlaan.
That we won the Championship with Sleza last season!
As I said earlier, I would like to play for Bourges in France. My ultimate dream would be the WNBA.
Meindert van Veen is a man with a heart of gold!