Anne Veenendaal

"Regret something you've done, rather than something you haven't"

Facts & Stats

  • Date of birth
    September 7, 1995
  • Nationality
  • Career start
  • Discipline
    • Fieldhockey


Having made her debut for the Dutch national hockey team aged just 19, goalkeeper Anne Veenendaal is already a World and European champion.

The decision made by Anne Veenendaal at 13-years-old to stop playing tennis and focus on field hockey looks to have been a great one. By 16 she was excelling at club level for Amsterdam and just three years later was picked for the Dutch national team.

"When I started playing hockey, a different keeper was picked every weekend," Anne says. "I soon discovered that I was very excited about the position and I haven't doubted my decision to become a 'keeper for a moment."

It's no surprise that Anne is pleased with the decision, she's already helped the Netherlands claim gold at the 2017 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup and the 2021 Games in Tokyo.