Updated: Jan 8, 2019
I took a year off from both university and my life as a competitive diver, this break took me all across the globe to the wonderful islands in Indonesia.
I have been a part of the Dutch national diving team since 2011 and I am still on the road to the 2020 Olympics. But before committing more of my time to the intense training process, I knew I needed to take some time off.
I discovered that I needed a break to get out of my isolated life in the pool. I realised, to become a better and stronger athlete, I needed to take a break and do something completely different. Resetting my mind with a program from Edumadic (a program that combines traveling and learning), I believe I can find the inspiration and motivation to face my fears and continue my training after the summer to further pursue my dream to becoming a Olympian.This year off has also allowed time away from a university life that didn’t quite feel right. I began to study Communications after graduating from high school, but soon realised it wasn’t the path for me.
When I started my gap year a couple months ago, I was ready to travel the world. However, following some research online, I realized I might not be suited to be a backpacker girl and also missed studying. And so I decided to go with Edumadic, feeling it was the perfect combination of travel, community, education, and a taste of a completely different lifestyle outside of the known. After spending six weeks in Bali, I’m more confident than ever that I want to continue my career as a competitive diver and pursue a degree in Sports Marketing. During my time on this trip, I took a photography course to add this skill to my marketing portfolio.
Whenever in Bali you can catch me swimming in the ocean, browsing the Canggu shops, and practicing new photography techniques on the gorgeous Bali scenery. But for now I am back in the pool doing what I do best - diving.
Thanks to Caitlin Climes for writing this blog.