Natascha Keller retired from international hockey in 2012 after the London Olympics and completed her last season with her beloved club, Berliner HC, in August of 2013. This was also the time that saw her at the Trifinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom, where she was one of the EHF’s inaugural Hall of Fame members, along with Teun de Nooijer and Santi Freixa.
A year on, EHF caught up with Natascha, to get her insights into the Hall of Fame, her continuing involvement in hockey and her new endeavours.
For Natascha, being in the EHF Hall of Fame is still a source of pride: “It is still a big honour, a year on, for me to be a part of the EHF Hall of Fame. In my opinion, the next inductees should be players who are an example on and off the pitch; someone very special.”
Natascha has joined the team of Vollpension Medien GmbH, based in Berlin as one of its Managing Directors, a company that manages several high profile figures, including former ski-jumper Sven Hannawald and another German hockey legend, Moritz Fürste.
But Natascha is never far away from the pitch: She was a commentator for German TV during the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, and is a frequent supporter at Berliner HC games. She is also involved in 30+ women’s tennis, plays golf and recently completed a half-marathon.
The EHF Communications Committee will be finalising the details of the 2015 EHF Hall of Fame inductees at their upcoming meeting on September 23rd. An announcement on how National Associations can nominate inductees will be made after the EHF Board meeting in late September.