Maria Verschoor

Dutch Olympic hockey player and student at Open Universiteit

Challenge your beliefs

As a kid Maria had the dream of going to the Olympics. At the age of seven, she started playing hockey and turned out to be talented. After the Olympics in Tokyo, signs were missed about the mental and fysical health of the athletes. She started thinking about other aspects in professional sport, such as equal pay within hockey. A big sponsor made her aware of the fact that men earned 5 to 10 times more than women. Maria used her Instagram account with 40 thousand followers and posted a letter that addressed this issue. Everything exploded in the media and people were supportive of her. Her plea is to challenge the status quo, challenge your own beliefs.