Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Mindfulness and hand skills belief: How Janneke Schopman led India to Commonwealth hockey bronze

Birmingham — Janneke Schopman had to be more than a coach these last 48 hours. From the draining shoot-out conclusion against Australia to the highs of a first bronze since 2006, the Dutchwoman inspired the Eves to make their own decisions, play freely and without fear as they beat New Zealand 2-1 in a shoot-out on Sunday morning.

Schopman says that mindfulness had helped her to deal with the aftermath of defeat to the Hockeyroos. Her concise, calm nature – in contrast to her clear vocals on the sidelines – led to India women speaking freely in the run-up to the bronze medal match and utilising their skills to hold out until 18 seconds before the hooter. The shoot-out lottery turned in their favour this time.

“The girls are so coachable and why it’s such a pleasure to work with them,” said Schopman, who has now earned a break after well over two months with the team following the World Cup. 

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