“They say it’s better to give someone a fishing rod than a fish”
Britte got in touch with me in the second year of her BSc degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. From the start, it was clear to me that she had a mission. She wanted to get involved with the topic of performance nutrition. Therefore, she wanted to spend her fourth year’s internship at the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Expertise Centre, which was more than a year away. Her looking this far ahead in her – still young – career, stood out to me. She is motivated and is a quick learner. Britte worked at several projects including Kristin Jonvik’s ‘Beeting your competitors’ study and my own Dutch Sports Nutrition and Supplement Study. I like to work with students based on equality, especially when it comes to creative processes. Working with Britte never characterized a teacher – student relationship, but rather a levelled relationship as colleagues. In case of nutrition driven content of her study, brainstorming with her always led to a realistic action plan. I think Britte learned a lot, especially about the paradigm of practice versus research. At the end of her internship and thesis Britte showed that she is able to reflect on scientific results and translate this into practice. During the last half year Britte designed my PhD thesis cover, logo’s and backgrounds for presentations and she developed the look and feel of several Nutritional Status Reports; factsheets that show athletes what their current nutritional situation is. Showing what a scientific theory looks like in practice is a very valuable skill in order to be able to communicate with human beings both in- and outside of our profession. If you need a responsible, passionate employee who sees the big picture in your organization, I am convinced Britte is a valuable addition to your team.
I've known Britte since her internship at my former employer HAN University. Later that year, Britte applied for her research internship. Britte is a very open-minded, determined and passionate young woman, who knows what she wants. She definitely has a talent of working with other people, while listening and really absorbing all the information that she can get. Therefore it was my pleasure to guide her through the research process, and I would highly recommend her to any future employer.
I do meet a lot of interesting people through my work, but I don’t say this to many of them: thanks for the opportunity to work with you! The first time I met Britte was just after her first ACL tear. I remember my first thought back then; this will be a difficult rehabilitation, she is all over the shop! I was completely wrong. Britte surprised me with an ongoing enthusiasm and positivity. But her great focus was something which I had not seen many times before. Everything was done to become the best again. Nothing was left for the unexpected. I have not seen many patients who pursue their passion with so much determination end energy. Absolutely inspirational! She now pursues a new passion, sports nutrition. With her elite athlete background, positive attitude to life, professionalism and enthusiasm she is made for this. She is truly interested in other people and can and will get the best out of you. I reckon she will reach the top motivating you to come along! Go for it!
They say it’s better to give someone a fishing rod than a fish. That is how I know Britte. She doesn’t want others to do work for her, she rather wants them to teach her how to do it herself. This is also how she helps others. She introduced me into snowboarding and taught me how to stand on my own two feet. I know Britte as a girl who has the courage to dream big. She sets goals for herself and has the discipline and persistence to achieve them. She has always stayed true to her authentic self. The thing I probably admire the most is the way she can truly enjoy the small things in life and show me how to do the same!
When Britte came to our team she was a young talented snowboarder who barely could tell time or tie her own shoes. Her curiosity and openness made her catch up very fast and at the end she was a fully grown globetrotter that were teaching me a thing or two about the world. What impressed me the most about Britte is that she managed to do almost 2 years of rehab training with a smile on her face. It’s very few people in this world that can manage to have that kind of positive mindset during something that is so very mentally heavy as a long rehab process.
Britte is a truly remarkable person. She has two outstanding features: she’s highly energetic and immensely focussed. A quote comes to mind: ‘You fly like an arrow, but where the hell are you going?’ Britte knows exactly where she’s going and this makes her a strong adversary in everything she does. This website is an example of her focus. She won’t let go until look and feel are according to her plan. Another example is her sports mentality. Although Britte is young, she’s already starting her second career after having been a professional snowboarder in the world league. It illustrates her power of will. Now she aspires to be a sports nutritionist and there is no doubt that she will become one of the best, yet again. She has already been asked to give presentations for the Holland Surfing Association and the Dutch Ski Federation concerning nutrition. It illustrates her pervasiveness, endurance and passion. Many professional athletes are ‘somewhat’ egocentric. They have an entire team around them and everyone and everything is focussed on their achievements. It’s always about them. This makes them not always the most pleasant people to be around. Not Britte. Britte is a highly energetic person, but in a giving way. When she enters, the room fills with energy. I’m glad she’s one of my palls and I love to work with her. So should you.