Former Dutch judoka Deborah Gravenstijn start on Wednesday 16th September with the Master in Sports Management at Johan Cruyff Institute. Deborah had received a scholarship from Unilever to follow the Master program. Unilever supports Johan Cruyff and his Institute’s mission to educate athletes so they’ll be able to contribute to the sports sector once their sporting careers as athletes come to an end.
Unilever is a proud partner of Johan Cruyff Institute who helps (former) athletes with a tailored program to get the best out of themselves. By helping these athletes Unilever believes that they are better able to perform at a high level in sports and their future careers. This is why Unilever will sponsor Deborah Gravenstijn for this academic year.
Deborah Gravenstijn is a former Dutch judoka. In 1992 she got her international breakthrough as she won the European Junior title under 61 kg. She’s got many highlights in her career including the three bronze medals at the European Championships of 1998, 1999 and 2000 in the category up to 57 kg. In the years that follow she won in 2001, two silver medals in the category up to 52 kg: at the European Championships in Paris as well as the World Championships in Munich. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, she won a bronze medal and at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing Deborah won silver in the -57 class . In August 2009 she announced to retire from judo.