Carla Benschop

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Carla Ida Benschop-de Liefde (20 March 1950, Oud-Beijerland - 22 September 2006, Rotterdam) was a Dutch basketball player.

Carla de Liefde was one of the Netherlands' most talented female basketball players ever.[1] She played her whole career at Basketball Oud-Beijerland (BOB), which was founded by her mother, Carla de Liefde-Ravelli.[2] While she was with BOB they won the Dutch national championship and reached the semi finals of the European Cup.[2]

During the '70s she was also part of the European women's basketball team.[1] She had 185 caps for the Dutch national team, which is currently the second position behind leader Anita Blangé (222).[1][3][4] She was once crowned European female basketball player of the year.[2]

After her sports career she became a physical education teacher at several secondary schools. In 1990 she married Wim Benschop, also a former basketball player.[1][3][4] She left the Rijksscholengemeenschap in Oud-Beijerland where she had worked for 25 years in the summer of 2006, shortly before she was diagnosed with a serious disease.[4] A few weeks later Carla Benschop died, at the age of 56.

Trivia[edit]

  • Benschop won her 185 caps at a time when women's national basketball teams played international tournaments only once every two years.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Carla Benschop (56) overleden Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., nos.nl
  2. ^ a b c Geschiedenis BOB Basketball Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., bob-basketball.nl
  3. ^ a b Basketbal: Carla Benschop overleden, gelderlander.nl
  4. ^ a b c RSG in rouw na overlijden oud-docente, ad.nl
  5. ^ Carla Benschop-de Liefde overleden Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., basketball.nl