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Carole Helene Antoinette Thate (born December 6, 1971 in Utrecht) is a former Dutch field hockey player, who played 168 international matches for The Netherlands, in which she scored forty goals. She made her debut on November 20, 1989 in a friendly match against England.

Thate was a member of the Holland squad that won the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and the bronze medal once again, four years later at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She captained the team for several years, and played as a midfielder for Dutch clubs Shinty, Schaerweyde, Kampong and Amsterdamsche Hockey & Bandy Club. After she quit playing hockey and became the director of the Dutch Johan Cruijff Foundation in Amsterdam. Thate maintains a loving relationship with one of the highest international goal scorers, the Australian striker Alyson Annan. They had their first child in May 2007.[1]


  1. Hannan, Liz. "Divided in sport, united in love: two women and a baby boy". The Sunday Age, July 1, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-07-01.

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