Handball girls from Andijk 'score' with Estavana
"It's an honour to baptize 'my' strawberry"
On Saturday morning, July 31, 2021, the festive baptism of the new strawberry variety “Estavana” took place at strawberry seed breeder ABZ Seeds in Andijk. The strawberry was poured over with real strawberry champagne by none other than Estavana Polman herself! It was an impressive and sporty introduction to this new tasteful summer queen.
ABZ Seeds has been sponsoring youth teams of handball club Sporting Andijk for many years. A number of handball girls were invited for this special event. When Estavana Polman of the national handball team walked onto the platform through the doors of Holland Strawberry House, there was a loud cheer.
Estavana was named best player of the tournament in Japan in November 2019, in which the Dutch team became world champion. Unfortunately, Estavana was unable to participate in the Olympic Games this summer due to a knee injury, in which the national team successfully participates again. Today, Estavana has become a national celebrity on Dutch television for her commentary on the matches of the national handball team.
A pleasant signing session followed, during which handball balls and special 'Estavana' water bottles were signed by the well-known top athlete. The handball girls were allowed to take a picture with Estavana one by one. Then Estavana scored again in the specially prepared handball goal.
Estavana reacted enthusiastically to the baptism of her namesake: “The first time I heard that a strawberry would be named after me, I thought: how then.. how nice! But really crazy to see the strawberry Estavana for the first time today and of course taste it. They are delicious and look fantastic. It was an honor for me to be able to baptize my strawberry together with the handball girls from Sporting Andijk.”
Director-owner Gé Bentvelsen was also very pleased with the festive tomorrow: “ABZ Seeds has been associated with Andijk handball as a sponsor for many years and it is a great honor for us that our new strawberry variety is named after Estavana Polman. We really liked that Estavana was there and really took the time for the handball girls.”
After the festive morning, Estavana Polman was enthusiastically waved goodbye by everyone. She hurried back to the television studio where she would comment on the Netherlands-Norway match.