Eileen Mast is one of the four athletes from Burmerend who play and study in America. The athlete has been playing with the Huskies, the collective name for Houston Christian University’s athletic teams, since last summer. “It’s been an absolutely amazing experience so far,” Mast said on Purmerend Sport radio show.
Her life has changed a lot since she left for America. “He has helped me a lot and I have gotten the most out of him so far. That is why I am looking forward to coming back again.” At first, the hardest part was the language barrier. “Speaking English was difficult at first. Luckily it got better and better. My classmates couldn’t understand me at first, but that wasn’t the case anymore. They received me very well and took part in everything.”
The Purmerend Woman has also competed in a few competitions for her alma mater. “That was also a great experience. So many different teams and schools took part. These are huge competitions, where three hundred participants show up first. Then you have a huge field, you all go through.”
Also unique to Mast is that she no longer goes to competitions alone. “It’s more fun running in a team. Then you can bang each other around. Here too you wear all kinds of themes and they take it seriously too. It gives me a little bit of a High School Musical vibe. At first I had to get used to it, but eventually you’ll break into it.” “.
Mast returned to Houston on January 14. “I’m looking forward to getting back into the rhythm and seeing people again. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to it all again, just like it’s summer. I’m really going to enjoy the last days in Holland. Although those 28 degrees in Texas look very attractive.”
Watch the conversation between Arno van der Breggen and Milton Pus with Eline Mast below.
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