“The final was between the Jaypee Punjab Warriors and us.” After finishing on three goals apiece in a competitive final, the Delhi Waveriders won the title in a shootout.
Van Ginkel’s main responsibility was to monitor player recovery and conditioning. “The games where monitored live with the use of the Zephyr heart rate system.”
With this system, he could monitor player recovery and ensure that the most suitable player took to the field at exactly the right moment and play with optimum intensity throughout the competition.
“The experience in India was life-changing. I was privileged to work among the world’s top hockey coaches and players.
“The travelling was a challenge for many of the teams but worth the victory in the end.”
Although his involvement in the HIL was a feather in his cap, it also gave him knowledge and new skills he could plough back into UJ Sport
“These international experiences increase knowledge which is brought back to the university and shared to assist sport science development and overall growth of our codes.”
Among other roles, Van Ginkel coaches the university’s women’s team and is involved with the national men’s outfit. He will be an integral part of UJ’s preparations for the upcoming Varsity Hockey tournament in May.