Marrit Leenstra (volleyball)

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Marrit Leenstra
Personal information
Full name Marrit Leenstra
Nationality Dutch
Born (1973-10-18) 18 October 1973 (age 43)
Emmen, Netherlands
Hometown Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Beach volleyball information
Current teammate
Years Teammate Tours (points)
2005–present Sanne Keizer 26 (1569)
Previous teammates
Years Teammate Tours (points)
2001–2004 Rebekka Kadijk 42 (2923)
Best results
Years Location Result
2001, 2002, 2004
Dutch nationals
Lianyungang World Cup
Last updated: 6 September 2006

Marrit Leenstra (born 18 October 1973) is a Dutch professional beach volleyball and indoor volleyball player born in Emmen, Drenthe.

In indoor volleyball Leenstra started her career in 1983 at OSV Pegasus Ter Apel. Other teams she played for were Etiflex Ommen, Martinus Amstelveen, Vini Monteschiavo Jesi, Granzotto San Dona, Fiqurella Firenze and Mirabi Iandia Teodora Ravenna. From 1988 to 1992 she was part of the Dutch youth teams in her age-range. In 1992 she joined the Dutch senior volleyball team and was selected for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, finishing 6th. Four years later, during the 1996 Summer Olympics she and her team finished 5th. Leenstra stayed in the Dutch team until 1998.

She started her international beach volleyball career already in 2001 after finishing her indoor contract in Italy. She teamed up with Dutch star Rebekka Kadijk, whose sister Debora decided to quit beach volleyball after the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2001, 2002 and 2004, Kadijk and Leenstra won three Dutch national titles. In Basel 2002 they reached the final of the European Championships. They lost this final, but still won a silver medal. Their main achievement was made in 2003 when they won the World Cup meeting in Lianyungang (China). They qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics which was not as successful as they hoped before the start. After the Olympics they decided to split up. Leenstra's next partner was Sanne Keizer with whom she did not reach any notable results with, except a 4th place at a tournament in Montreal.

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Preceded by
Marjolein de Jong
Amsterdam Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Marleen Veldhuis