Jan Driessen - Director of communication AEGON
Jan, if you are really honest about Wieberdink?
Why has Aegon then still become ambassadoor of the KIA Speed Skating Academy?
"Because, through the years I have become convinced that Marnix has been busy with heart and soul for skating. In the beginning I had been completely wrong in my judgement of him. Each Euro that he earned he reinvested in skating, travelled far and wide to get it together and knew how to arrange it all for free. Marnix has worked hard, sometimes at the expense of his own health. Now we see what has been achieved, a skaters hotel with its own sauna."
And what is your final judgement of Marnix?
"I think of him as a gamechanger, someone who knows how to change the rules, a completely different and unorthodox approach. He has managed to turn Korea upside down by introducing skating, he is a hero there. I now realize that he never was out for any financial gain. That is why AEGON gladly wants to help him, although we have withdrawn from skating. The skating establishment can be thankful to him."