Sport Studies

Student Ambassadors

Meet our team of student ambassadors. They are happy to talk to you if you have questions about enrolment and selection, student life in Amsterdam and everything else you need to know about what you can expect from studying at Sport Studies – track ISMB.

About Gaïane 
Study year: 2
Nationalities: German, French, Congolese, Belgian
Interests and hobbies: Sports, running, laying in the sun, adventures, food, movies

'My whole life I’ve been interested and involved in sports, as an athlete or an organiser. Just like anyone, my dream was to be a high performance athlete, which did not happen because of injuries. When I graduated I took a gap year to work, play football and travel, and when covid started I ended up taking a second gap year to go home to my family in Uganda, and spent the rest of the year traveling with friends and making experiences.

I learned about Sport Studies - track ISMB through an old coach and decided that if I could not be an athlete, I at least want to work with them in some way. I grew up in Uganda, and spent my years competing in football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, and boxing. I am very excited to answer any questions you have, and to get to meet all of you!'

E-mail: gaiane.fehr@hva.nl(opens in new window)

About Nick
Study year: 2
Nationality: German
Hobbies and interests: football, American football, going out, meeting new people, spontaneous trips

'I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. I have been interested and involved in sports my entire life, after school and 2 years of working, it became clear to me that I wanted to study something close to the world of sports. While researching different programmes (mostly physiotherapy) I stumbled across Sport Studies - track ISMB and instantly fell in love with this programme. A sport related, practical and international minded programme which sets you up for a variety of different specialisation and career opportunities. 

After 1 year in Amsterdam I can say I made the right choice. The programme is interactive, interesting and fun. Living away from home for the first time, Amsterdam as a city and the Sport Studies family made it super easy to feel at home. Living in a beautiful city with open and adventurous people made for many great experiences and so much more to come. In the future I am eager to use the opportunities this programme offers and find great internships and minors abroad to further expand my horizon and gain practical knowledge in my areas of interest within the World of Sport. I you have any questions about our programme, student life in Amsterdam or whatever feel free to contact me.'

E-mail: nick.riege@hva.nl(opens in new window)

About Veronique
Study year: 2
Nationality: Dutch
Hobbies and interests: traveling, gymnastics, dance, skiing, hanging out with friends and family, going to a terrace, drawing/being creative

'I'm a young, curious, and caring student who lived her whole life in the Netherlands. Although I haven’t seen much of the world (yet), I love to discover new countries. I also love to hang out with friends, grab some good food on a sunny terrace, and talk for hours. After finishing high school, I knew I directly wanted to start an education. I did not know what to choose since I had so many things that I liked.

When I attended the Sport Studies - track ISMB open day, I knew this was the study for me. It contained the main 3 things I wanted in an education: sports, international orientation, and business.  I fell in love with the programme, people, and Amsterdam. I am excited to meet you and answer all your questions, whether it is regarding the program, atmosphere, Amsterdam, the endless number of studies you can choose from, or anything else that comes to your mind. I am happy to help!'

E-mail: veronique.de.wit@hva.nl(opens in new window)

About Joseph
Study year: 3
Nationality: Zambian
​​​​​​Hobbies and interests: football,  basketball, tennis and fitness. I also enjoy travelling as well as hanging out with friends gaming and having a laugh or a drink.

'I moved to Amsterdam in August 2021. I am making the most out of the study. I am also really excited for what lies ahead. The time really does fly in the course, so you have to make the best of it. am a fun, easy going guy that is good to chat to. So please, if there is anything you are curious about, please let me know.' 

E-mail: joseph.zwart@hva.nl

About Adam
Study year: 3
Nationality: Czech
Hobbies and interests: travelling, golf, vlogging, stocks/ trading, athletics, swimming, volleyball, tennis, badminton and football

'Before Sport Studies – track ISMB I was doing international business in Amsterdam for a year, but I dropped out as I was not pursuing my passion. So here I am. I have lived in many places, Prague, Beijing and Berlin. That has allowed me to become a super open, outgoing guy that is eager to spread positivity wherever I go. If you want some of this positivity and good vibes, please reach out.'

E-mail: adam.lejanec@hva.nl

About Alba
Study year: 3
Nationality: Spanish
Hobbies and interests: surfing, basketball, skateboarding, diving, movies and travelling

'Born in Spain, I grew up in a small town near the coast, where I spent most of my time on the water. My mother being half Dutch was one of the many reasons that I wanted to follow my study in Amsterdam. I love meeting new people from many different backgrounds and cultures, hence why I chose this international environment. I am a first year so I can be really helpful to answer your questions about transitioning into the study.'

E-mail: alba.vives.bataille@hva.nl

About Michelle
Study year: 4
Nationality: Kenyan
Hobbies and interests: running, basketball, travelling and photography

'I am Kenyan, Dutch, but feel like a global citizen. I am a culture kid who has moved several countries throughout my life. This has given me the ability to be more open minded, outgoing and adapt easier to new environments. 'I know all the mixed emotions that accompanies moving to a new place, so I am a good person to ask. Something that is also a little different is the reason I picked this programme. I am striving toward the world of Sports Development and if you also have questions about this, please ask away.'

E-mail: michelle.ernest@hva.nl

About Arjun
Study year: 4

Nationality: Malaysian
Hobbies and interests: spinning, football, F1, crypto, cycling, basketball and travelling

'I'm an approachable person so feel free to start a conversation with me. I have lived in Malaysia all my life then took the jump to move to the Netherlands. Having lived here for a few years now, I love Amsterdam and how great it is to live here as a student. Studying Sport Studies – track ISMB has opened many doors for me and presented me a very bright future along with my classmates. I am a charismatic individual and I am eager to hear from you.'

E-mail: arjun.alberts@hva.nl

About Tess
Study year: 4
Nationality: Spanish
Hobbies and interests: water sports (sailing, surfing, wakeboarding) and snowboarding. Being creative, painting, reading, travelling and just being surrounded by sports.

'I am an ambitious, focused, and passionate girl who does not hold back. I have lived all my life in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. However, due to my sport as a sailor I have been fortunate to travel all over the world and experience new cultures! I consider myself a creative, passionate, and enthusiastic girl, eager to undertake new adventures! Time was always made for surfing when there was waves and wakeboarding when there were none. I love to have my feet on a board as even snowboarding is one of my great passions.'

E-mail: tess.provenzal.kok@hva.nl

About Katharin
Study year: graduate
Nationality: German
Hobbies and interests: travelling, fitness, exploring the outdoors, reading, Netflix, board games… all whilst cuddling as many dogs as I can and discovering the best cafés in town.

'Right after turning 18, I knew I wanted to study, but I was lost and had no idea what I wanted to study, so I left Germany and went to Australia for what was meant to be only 6 months. After staying in Australia for 3 years, I figured I should follow my desire of studying but I still felt like I didn’t know what to study. That's why I simply looked for a programme related to the one thing that has been a constant force throughout my entire life: sports. The study programme Sport Studies - track ISMB ticked most of my boxes: sports-related, international focus, practical, taught in English and so I applied.'

E-mail: katharin.bammann@hva.nl

About Denzell
Study year: graduate
Nationality: Dutch
Hobbies and interests: playing and watching sports, mainly football, basketball and running. Whenever I'm not playing sports or trying to get my friends to get off their butts, I am either watching a Marvel movie or reading a book that inspires me to be better.

'I believe limits are self-imposed and the moment you step out of bed you strive to better than you were yesterday. I'm born and raised in the Netherlands. During my time at Sport Studies - track ISMB I went to Paris for my first internship, joined the honours group Pamoja Kenya and have done my minor Business Administration: Management Strategy and Marketing, at the University of Amsterdam. I started Sport Studies – track ISMB when I was 21, before this I did VWO and studied Criminology at the University of Leiden.

I chose Sport Studies – track ISMB because of how practical the study is. This was something I missed in my previous courses. Sports play a huge part in my life since I believe this helps with both your physical and mental health. It's a great way to boost someone’s confidence. What I love to do most is spread positive energy, make people laugh and help them find the inspiration to realise they can do whatever they dream of. WINNING STREAK!!'

E-mail: denzell.wesseling@hva.nl