Disappointing start of the season. The goal was to make it to the semi finals, but unfortunately I lost in the quarter finals. In doubles I made it to the semi finals, where I lost against number one seed. I would have playes Biel/Bienne tournament in Swiss as the first of the year, but I came down with the flu, so i had to withdraw. My preperations for Italy were not great, but I still feel like the semi finals could have been possible.
After I made my page at Talentboek, I was brought in contact with the Dutch newspaper: Telegraaf to do an interview. Every week they let you meet a talent from Talentboek and on the 6th of March it was my turn.
Donna on Talentboek.nl
After meeting Yvonne van Gennip, we had a talk about her foundation and all that she does for the sportstalents in the Netherlands. I learned about Talentboek.nl. And since today I am on the site too. It is a crowdfunding website for all sorts of sportstalents, with and without handicap! Will you help me further in my career with an (anonimous)donation?
Check this out: www.talentboek.nl
Goed Geld Gala Vriendenloterij
Through the Esther Vergeer Foundation, I got in contact with the Dutch "Vriendenloterij". They asked me to hand out a cheque on their "Goed Geld Gala". Here they divide the money earned the year before, over multiple foundations. I handed out a cheque to Yvonne van Gennip her foundation that helps sportstalents on their way to the top!
Promotion fotoshoot with my first sponsor Etkon
One nice picture is all that we wanted to draw some attention. My first sponsor, Etkon, is a company focused on media solutions. They helped us out and did a great fotoshoot. So instead of one nice picture we have multiple! :D
For the second time in a row Mons Fietsen earned the title "Bike store of the year - city winner". For Issa and Peter form Mons Fietsen, this was a reason to start the sponsoring of a talent, wheelchairtennis player Donna Jansen.
11 December 2017
In theatre De Stoep in Spijkenisse were the awards given tot the sporters who achievied great things last year and put our city of Nissewaard on the map with their achievements.
Nomited for the sportsgala in Nissewaard
26 November 2017
I am nominated in the category of disabled athlete for the sportsgala in Nissewaard that is going to take place on the 11th of December in our Theater de Stoep. Hopefully this time I will win, I am excited to see what happens!
Won the women doubles at ITF 3 Loiret
20 November 2017
From 16 till 19 November I played my last tournament of 2017 in Loiret, France. Here I won my first ITF 3 tournament! Read more...
ITF Future Memorial Jens vanHerck and Rotterdam Open
28 august 2017
Last few weeks I only played ITF Futures. The first of two was in Antwerp, where I unfortuntely lost in semi finals in singles, but I did win the doubles draw with my South African partner! After a little over a week I played another future in Rotterdam. I won't forget this one soon, because here I won my first international tournament in singles!
Read more here...
Interview with Uniek Sporten
5 July 2017
What an experience was this... on July 5th I have done an interview with Fonds Gehandicaptensport and House of Sports, to share my story with the world and hopefully show that a handicap does not have to limit you in what you can do! I hope this takes away any judgement towards poeple with a handicap and that sportsclubs will become more open minded towards parasports!
Watch the full interview below (in Dutch unfortunately):
26 April 2017
What you don't know and I do, is the surprise I had on the 3rd of February this year during my training. Dutch organisations: De Vriendenloterij and De Esther Vergeer Foundation are going to help me on my road to Tokyo 2020 and they handed me a cheque to pay for my private training. Oh and I also played tennis with number three of the world and silver medalist, Diede de Groot, who does not want to experience that!
A little film is made: watch here!
ITF Future Vilamoura Open 2017
22 March 2017
From the 16th till the 19th of March, I played my first international tournament In Vilamoura, Portugal. First time flying with two chairs, first time counting and calling in English and first time not playing against any Dutch women.... and I ended in 2nd place!
I have written a day to day blog about my journey here. Read...
Tournaments France and Switzerland
1 November 2017
In October I went to France for an ITF Future in Montfermeil and this was semi succesfull. We won the doubles draw here, but unfortunately I lost in the semi-finals in singles. After this tournament, I travelled to Switzerland for an ITF 3 tournament in Sion. I lost in the quarter finals in singles, which was very disappointing. The doubles on the other hand... read here
ITF 3 Flanders 25 semi finals
ITF Future Tournoi d'Antibes
17 June 2017
After a month of training, it was time for the next international tournament. From June 1st till 4th I played a tournament in the South of France and I left here a week later with my first tournament victory, in doubles this time! In singles I lost the quarter Finals. The week started of really succesfull, but unfortunately this changed in the two days before the next tournament in Cagnes sur mer started and I had to fly home early. Read...
Serromah Shipping is going to help me!
1 June 2017
Today I had the honour to welcome a new sponsor again to the team that is supporting me. Serromah Shipping, a shipping company in Rotterdam, is going to contribute to my foundation to help my get to the top. Thank you so much for your support, it is really appreciated and welcomed with open arms. Financially it is all still difficult, so your help is really needed and we are gratefull for it!
ITF 3 AVS Santé Open Sarreguemines
25 April 2017
19th of april, it was time to leave for France for my first ITF 3 tournament. No airplane this time, but a five hour drive by car. Unfortunately no one spoke english, but than again on court there is no need. I am there to play tennis and so I did. I won the consolation round en got to the semi finals in doubles. You could read my blog ;)
03 februari 2017
It has been a little quiet in the search for sponsors, but we have been busy. In the mean while I have started a collaboration with Head, through sportsstore Tennis Only. They offered me an amazing package with all the things I need to make 2017 my year. I am all prepared for my national and international tournaments. Thank you so much for your support guys!