Anything is possible!
Ever since I was little sport has been a major influence in my life. I can't imagine living without sport. Used to spend 6 days a week on the track and field for over 15 years. My spare times were filled with snowboarding and wakeboarding. Till my life dramatically changed. October 2006 I got hit by a car while driving my motorcycle. Ended up with a spinal cord injury, waist down. First thing on my mind was; what about sports?! Made my friends figure out how to get back onto the snow and water. And did so within a year after my accident. In the mean time I was looking for a new sport to get hooked on instead of athletics. No more poule vault for me! During recovery I got addicted to wheelchair basketball. What a fabulous game; fast, agressive and tactical. Soon I got introduced to the coach of the Dutch national team and I had a new goal in life. Qualifying at the Europeans in 2007 and then the ultimate: Paralympic Games Beijing 2008. What an amazing experience! 4 years later we won bronze with the team at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. At the beginning of the new season I was selected to captain and we took gold by defeating the Paralympian Champion Germany at the Europeans in 2013. In 2014 we won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Toronto. First medal ever for the Dutch squad at the worlds! This year we took home the bronze medal from Rio 2016. That's not where my future goals end. Since being out on the slopes is where I feel at home, I want to become the first Dutch paralympian to win a medal on both summer and winter games. So after Rio I will focus on alpine skiing and qualifying for PyeongChang 2018.
European Championships WB
4 silver + 1 gold
World championships WB
get a peak of my athlete life
There we go again, on the slopes and this time with the complete team of ParaSkiNL. First days of slalom training weren’t that easy but fun though! Learned a lot and will take all the good stuff with me to the next training. Keep on smiling 😃 Conditions changed big time from day to day.[…]
Just 2 days left to enjoy some wakeboarding at Burnside cabkepark in Emst, the Netherlands with my friends before the season ends. Love it! Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/7Sh4BIMfBBc
A great afternoon, with music and celebrations for all citizens of Region Rotterdam who participated in Rio during the Paralympic Games. Thanks Rotterdam Topsport for the organisation! Together with some close friends we enjoyed the magnificent SS Rotterdam. What a historical momument in my hometown.
Last Sunday I got invited to watch Feyenoord play Roda JC in the Kuip Rotterdam. As ambassador of the Dirk Kuyt Foundation I love to watch Dirk play and with a 5-0 win, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Of course I brought my bronze medal and we had to make a medal selfie! A fabulous[…]
Semi finals There we were. Ready to play the semi final against our rival Germany. Pretty exited, will we manage to show what we can. Of course! Reality unfortunately turned out differently. Our defense was great and we kept the German team at a low score. In our offence we had troubles. No ball fell in the[…]
We start our tournament with group games. In both groups 1 to 4 continue to the quarter finals. After 2 easy games and wins against Algeria and France we got to play USA on the 3rd game day. Finally a game at high level and we were looking forward to it. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as[…]
Finally, 1st september has arrived, we are heading to Rio! The day starts early, around 6.30 I get into the car to go to the airport. The press is awaiting us. Great to see that there are so many. Then we are off to the check-in desk. Great coordination by KLM, cause it doesn’t take long[…]
After 2 weeks enjoying fabulous sport moments during the Olympic Games I reached a black hole. Oh well not me literally but my telly did. After excesive extra hours it’s now on stand-by and has 2 weeks off. Getting in the mood It was absolutely fabulous to get in the mood of the games and[…]