Dutch fair jumpers should go without national coach Edwin Jongins. The 55-year-old Jongejans is leaving for Australia, where he will work at the Olympic Training Center in Brisbane. “With the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane approaching, it’s a great opportunity for me personally to start in Australia,” says Jungians, who became the world champion on the one-meter board in 1991.
North Hollander returned to the Netherlands as national coach in 2017, after working for years in Great Britain. Under his leadership, a synchronized British duo took gold at the 2016 Rio Games.
Jongejans began working in Eindhoven with Inge Jansen and Celine van Duijn. Under his leadership, the women’s diving became the European champions on a 3-meter board and a 10-meter tower, respectively. Janssen and van Duijn also qualified for the games. Jansen achieved the best-ever Olympic performance by a Dutch diver by placing fifth on a 3-meter board. Van Duijn finished 10th on the tower.
“We would have liked to continue with Edwin, but of course we respect his choice to leave for Australia,” says coach Andre Katz of the KNZB Swimming Federation. Ramon de Maijer succeeds Jongins as national coach. De Meijer, 35, has been hired by the KNZB as a talent scuba diving coach since 2016 and has already worked as an assistant to Jungens in recent years.
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