When I was sixteen I came to the conclusion that it was time for a new challenge so I convinced my parents to let me play in the Netherlands. I still believe it was the best decision I have ever made. I was very lucky to play under Daisy de Peinder, former Twins-Dutch-Olympic player, for most of my time at twins and I cannot thank her enough for helping me become the athlete and person I am today. At the age of 19, I had the opportunity to fulfill my softball dream; play softball in the states. Everyone who has ever made the switch from playing softball in Europe to playing softball in the States would agree on the fact that it is ten times more intense but definitely worth it. After three years full of experiences and new friends, two degrees, and one back surgery later it was time for me to come home and fully join the Twins family again.

by Imane Alou Issa
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-Helena Novotna-