Basepoint Chatham Licensee is UK and Kent Champion
Originally from the Netherlands, Mike van den Dobbelsteen (43) is a graphic designer from Swanscombe who moved to England in 2005 and has been working for Cherry design since 2007. Cherry moved to The Joiners Shop at the Historic Dockyard in April 2011.
Mike is an avid javelin thrower, competing for his home team Blackheath & Bromley Harriers. In July this year he won the British Masters Athletics Federation’s national championships in Derby for the M40 age group, which is his second UK title in a row. Last September saw him in action at the Kent Masters championships in Erith where he also won his second M40 Kent Championship title.
Despite a spine injury he continues to compete in national and international matches and even reached 12th place at the European Championships in August this year, throwing for the Dutch national team.
He is currently positioned in 12th place in UK’s over-40s rankings and in 2011 even reached 51st spot in the world rankings, throwing a distance of 53.74m, his new personal best.
“2013 is going to be an even better year,” he says, “as I’ve started preparing for the World Masters Games in Italy – you could call it the Olympics for over 35s. It’s going to be a tough one, but just imagine taking part!
“Unfortunately I won’t be able to compete at the world championships in Brazil. As an amateur thrower I don’t have sponsors to finance such trips – yet,” he winks.
“Winning the national and county title two years in a row has been brilliant and I aim to win them again next year, but a International title is what I’m really after.”