Visser leaves happy memories
of Dutch success
The volleyball world was rocked recently by the death of
Netherlands international Ingrid Visser and her partner Louis
Severein in Spain.
Visser was a long-time member of the Dutch team for whom she won
a national record 514 caps. The 35-year-old burst onto the volleyball
scene as part of the Dutch team that won the 1995 European
Championships and she continued to be part of a Netherlands team
that punched above their weight at international level. Visser helped
secure a surprise gold medal at the 2007 FIVB World Grand Prix
and then in 2012 she was part of the team that won silver at the
European Championships.
The Netherlands
17, 514
Middle blocker
cm (6’3”)
FIVB World Grand Prix – gold;
European Championship – gold;
European Championship – silver;
Champions League; Spanish League
2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; 2004, 2005,
2006, 2011
Spanish Cup; 1996, 1997,
Dutch A-League; 1996, 1997, 2008
Dutch Cup
FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° paid tribute to Visser, one of the
most recognisable and popular players in the Dutch team.
I knew her very well because she played in Brazil for three years,” he
said. “She was a magnificent player, different, but the fans loved her.
She was a volleyball idol and her death is a real tragedy.”
The Netherlands Volleyball Federation President Hans Nieukerke also
paid homage to the star adding; “Ingrid was one of the driving forces
and a consistent performer for the Dutch women’s volleyball team.
From 1994 until last year she stepped onto the court 514 times for
the Orange, an unprecedented number. Ingrid meant so much to
Dutch volleyball and our sympathy goes out to their families, friends
and all who had loved them.”
Visser made her debut for The Netherlands in 1995 in an exhibition
match against Ukraine. By the time she stepped down from
international volleyball in 2012 she had played at the Atlanta 1996
Olympic Games, five FIVB World Championships and nine European
Championships. Her phenomenal amount of caps allowed her to win
the gold on for tying the national record and for her contribution to
international sport.
She played for clubs in Brazil, Italy, Spain, Russia, Azerbaijan as well
as The Netherlands. At club level her greatest triumphs came for
Spanish clubs. With Tenerife she won the Champions League once,
the Spanish League and the Spanish Cup four times both.
The 57-year-old Louis Severein was the Dutch team manager from
to 2009. He had previously played Murcia Volleyball Club and
was also a coach and sponsor at the club.
Clubs around the country, and the Dutch men’s and women’s
volleyball teams have held a minute’s silence while The Hague Grand
Slam stopped playing any matches at the time of the funeral service
in memory of the couple.
Ingrid Visser was a key member of the Dutch team that won the 2007
World Grand Prix
Teams from The Netherlands and in their domestic competitions marked
Visser’s death before their matches