Daniëlle de Bruijn
|Women's water polo|
|Competitor for the Netherlands|
|2008 Beijing||Team competition|
de Bruijn was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1997 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Sevilla. They also won silver at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, gold at the 1999 FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup in Winnipeg and silver at the 1999 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Prato. All these results made them one of the favourites for the first ever women's Olympic tournament at the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, and they finished in fourth position in Australia. It was the start of a less successful period for the Dutch team as they got the fifth place at the 2001 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Budapest, the 9th place at the 2001 FINA Women's World Water Polo Championship in Fukuoka and the sixth place at the 2003 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona.
After the team failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, de Bruijn retired her national career until her return at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships in Melbourne, where they finished in 9th position. They started a new campaign with a mix of experienced and talented players to work towards a new top team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Dutch team finished in fifth place at the 2008 Women's European Water Polo Championship in Malaga and they qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. There they ended up winning the gold medal on 21 August, beating the United States 9-8 in the final. de Bruijn became the tournament's top scorer with 17 goals, including seven goals in the final.
In 2008, de Bruijn was named one of Swimming World magazines 2008 Water Polo Players of the Year.
- Athlete biography: Daniëlle de Bruijn, beijing2008.cn, ret: 16 August 2008.
- "Swimming World Announces 2008 Water Polo Players of the Year", www.swimmingworldmagazine.com, ret: 22 November 2008.