Dr. Vande Broek, who is a professor at the University of Leuven, won the award, $5,000 and a special FIVB medal for having brought scientific insights into the practice of volleyball coaching and conducting sport research with unprecedented practical relevance.
“Thank you very much for this award,” Dr. Vande Broek told the Board. “It’s not only a big honour for myself but also for my team and for my federation. My federation has two teams at the World Championships so we are improving and having big results, not only youth teams but senior teams as well. This is a big honour for my team. They won the bronze medal at the last European Championships but the way they did it and how was remarkable. There was a lot of team work and cohesion. They were praised for their leadership skills on the court, solving problems together. I would like to thank the Minisity of Sports Chief Executive, the University for giving me the opportunities and the Belgium Volleyball Federation. For myself it is special. In my head I’m a scientist but in my heart I’m a coach so receiving an award is a great feeling personally, thank you very much.“
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