Our next Juror for the Female category is Arno Havenga — former Dutch player and current coach.
He was playing for the Dutch National Team in their most crucial moments, at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
As far as his coaching career is concerned, he started as an assistant coach to Robin van Galen. Later, Havenga took over the team as a head coach and led them to a handful of silver medals (World Championships, European Championships).
In 2018, when the Netherlands won the European gold for the first time after 25 years, he was voted for the best coach in the world by the World Water Polo Coaches Association.
This season, he won the LEN Europa Cup with the Dutch team. These are his top five players for 2019!
USA National Player | Club: CDM Aquatics | Position: Attacker
“She played an outstanding World Championships and was the key player of the USA Team. She reads the game very well and her skills make her possible to do the unpredictable things.”
Spanish National Player | Club: Mediterrani | Position: Driver
“She was as a shooter very important for the Spanish team. She is a winner and shows this every game.”
Italian National Player | Club: AS Orizzonte Catania | Position: Forward
“By far, the leader of the Italian squad. She guides her team and is important at decisive moments. Her fighting spirit influences her teammates.”
USA National Player | Club: Vouliagmeni | Position: Goalkeeper
“The dream of every team. Her attendance in the goal makes other teamwork twice as much to score a goal. Also the transition from defence to attack is with her excellent passing very dangerous.”
Spanish National Player | Club: CN Sabadell | Position: Centre Forward
“She is by far the most dangerous centre forward of the circuit. The Spanish game is based on their centres and they fill this role very well. She is dangerous in every situation.”