Tess Wester

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Tess Wester
Tess Wester (2018).jpg
Personal information
Born (1993-05-19) 19 May 1993 (age 26)
Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Odense Håndbold
Number 33
Youth career
Years Team
Hugo Girls
Senior clubs
Years Team
VOC Amsterdam
E&O Emmen
VfL Oldenburg
SG BBM Bietigheim
Odense Håndbold
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Netherland 91 (7)

Tess Wester (born 19 May 1993) is a Dutch handballer who plays as goalkeeper for Odense Håndbold and the Dutch national team.[1]

A full international with the Dutch national team since 2012, she won the silver medal in the 2015 World Women's Handball Championship with the Dutch team and became the goalkeeper with the highest percentage of saves in the tournament. Wester also reaches with the Dutch team the fourth place in the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2][3][4]


Wester started her career in 1999 at Hugo Girls, at the age of 5–6. In her youth career she also played for VZV and HandbalAcademie.

She played in the EHF Champions League with VOC Amsterdam in the 2008–09 season. Wester played in E&O Emmen since 2010 until 2011.

In 2011, she was signed for German club VfL Oldenburg, playing in the club until 2015 winning the German Cup in 2012. Wester was signed for Bundesliga club SG BBM Bietigheim. She won Bundesliga title with them and played in Champions League.

In 2018 she decided to take a step forward in her career and signed a contract with the ambitious Danish team, Odense Håndbold. [5]

International career[edit]

Wester played for the first time with the Dutch team in a friendly match against Romania on 2 October 2012.[6]

She played in the 2015 World Women's Handball Championship with the Dutch team, achieving the final of the tournament, but losing against Norway 23–31.[7]

She was called up for represent Netherlands handball team in the 2016 Summer Olympics, achieving the fourth place after losing in the semi-finals against France 23–24, and in the bronze medal match against Norway 26–36.[8][9][10]


Club competitions
National team

Individual awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

She is currently in a relationship with professional football player, Mart Lieder.[12]


  1. ^ "Tess Wester". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/norway-demolish-netherlands-take-bronze
  3. ^ "2015 World Championship goalkeeper statistics" (PDF). International Handball Federation. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 European Championship Roster" (PDF). EHF. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Wester kiest voor nieuwe stap naar 'ambitieus' Odense" (in Dutch). nos.nl. 6 April 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.handbal.nl/oneteamonedream/teamleden/tess-wester/
  7. ^ "Grimsbø Shines as Norway Claim the Title". ihf.info. 20 December 2015.
  8. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-rio-handball-w-bronze-idUSKCN10V0KW
  9. ^ "WESTER Tess Profile". Archived from the original on 6 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Handbalkeepster Jankovic mee naar Rio" [Handball goalkeeper Jankovic off to Rio] (in Dutch). RTL Nieuws. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  11. ^ [1], IHF. Retrieved on 22 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Tess Wester Vriendin Van Mart Lieder" (in Dutch). spelersvrouw.nl. Retrieved 9 November 2018.

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