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Carina Benninga: Field Hockey

Carina Marguerite Benninga (born August 18, 1962) is a former Dutch field hockey player, who debuted in the Dutch hockey team at the 1983, immediately winning the title. She played 158 international matches for The Netherlands hockey team and scored a total of 25 goals.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Benninga was part of the gold medal winning team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. They also won the bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Some of her achievements include gold medals at the EuroHockey Nations Championship, Champions Trophy and the Women’s Hockey World Cup. She became captain of the Dutch team.

Why Was She So Good?

Carina Benninga has real quality and it isn’t just about hitting the ball hard. She had class and consistency during her entire professional career for the longest time. She can hit the ball, turning a game with skill and sheer talent.  Benninga achieved the highest accolade on offer to hockey players since she achieved a lot of her greatest sporting achievements while acquiring a law degree.

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