The chances are that Wageningen will host the major sports tournament GNSK in 2018. The university will be celebrating its centenary in 2018 and a second sports hall will have been completed at De Bongerd. Good enough reasons to get 1500 sporty students to Wageningen, reckons Thymos.
The sports association is currently the only one to have volunteered to organize the GNSK in 2018. ‘We have good reasons to get the GNSK to Wageningen. So we hope the other student sports councils will not bother to claim 2018,’ says Merijn Moerland, chair of Thymos. The Big Dutch Students Championship, which is what GNSK stands for, is one of Holland’s biggest student sports events. Sporty students from all the country’s university towns compete in 15 different sports: eight sports which feature every time, and a number of other options which vary from one tournament to the next.
‘It is a great event,’ says Thymos board member Erik Bos. ‘A combination of sport and partying, and that for three days in a row.’ The last time Wageningen hosted the GNSK was 1999. The 57th tournament will take place in Amsterdam this year. The decision on the 2018 venue will be taken next year by the sports councils of all the university towns. Until then it is a question of lobbying and exercising patience.