Dragons’ Denayer finding the right sport-life balance

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KHC Dragons’ Felix Denayer is taking a break from the Belgian international team for the Hockey World League final in India.
The midfielder also took a break in the wake of the Rio Olympics before returning to the squad for the Belgians’ run to silver at the European Championships.

Speaking about the decision to the Hockey Belgium website, he said: "The main reason I do not go to India is that I'm married now. Besides that, I always try to find a good balance between social, family, professional and hockey.

“So we all got together around the table to find what was the best option to manage everything. I can also treat two or three small injuries that I have been carrying for several weeks. I want to use this precious time to enjoy my family and to be able to continue working."

He knows it will be tough to get back into the Red Lions squad in the New Year but will resume Monday and Tuesday training sessions from March with the side with a view toward the 2018 Champions Trophy in June.

“I will continue to work for my employer in parallel. Individually, I know how to take care of myself but it is also essential to spend time with the group to work on collective aspects and cohesion.

“After July, we will begin a full-time period of preparation for the World Cup. Then, hockey will be a priority for almost two years with the launch of the Pro League, the Euros in Antwerp and the Tokyo Games. It is therefore essential that I can combine these different aspects in the best possible way."

From Dragons, Victor Wegnez, Florent van Aubel and Arthur van Doren are part of the Belgian squad for Bhubaneswar.
Racing Club de Bruxelles’s Cédric Charlier, Jeremy Gucassoff , Herakles’ Amaury Keusters and Bloemendaal’s Manu Stockbroekx are also included.