VHL physiotherapist Thomas Boon to be promoted to Red Dragons: “Great desire to prove my added value”


Thomas Boon.© Well

The influence of Haasrode Leuven on our national volleyball team is increasing again. Last week physiotherapist Thomas Boon had his baptism of fire with the Red Dragons. An award for his professional approach at VHL.

Kenny Hennens

Do you count? With coach Kris Eyckmans (assistant to national coach Zanini), assistant Koen Aerts (scouter) and players Simon Peeters, Lennert Van Elsen, Lennert Beelaert and Bert Dufraing, the large selection of the Red Dragons was already pimped out from Leuven. As of this week we can add another person to that list, because Thomas Boon is the seventh VHL member on the national payroll. A dream that comes true for the almost 28-year-old physiotherapist from Heverlee.

“And say that, when I came in for three games at VHL in 2016 as a supervisor, I was absolutely no volleyball connoisseur,” says a smiling Boon.

“In the meantime, of course, because I will soon start my fourth season as head physiotherapist. How did I get to the Red Dragons in such a short time? On the one hand, I think because of my passion. I like to know everything and always give the full 100 percent. On the other hand, Kris Eyckmans and Hendrik Tuerlinckx apparently put in a good word behind my back with the national coach. Just like my mentor Fons Vranken, in European volleyball still the reference as a physiotherapist. That makes me proud.”

For the ambitious Boon, this promotion is not a pleasure trip, but bitter seriousness and the perfect opportunity to establish his name in the top volleyball world.

“The first contacts with national coach Zanini were great. I am impressed by his enthusiasm. The medical screening of the players has already been completed and everyone is in top shape, so the crowds are not too bad for the time being. I did decide to take a break from group practice and go full-time for the Red Dragons. For now, I’m head physiotherapist until after the European Golden League, but I’ll do everything I can to build a sequel to this. In any case, I am very eager to prove my added value and to be there when the Red Dragons hopefully go to the European Championship next year,” Boon concludes. (khk)

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