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VAN GANSEWINKEL Marlene
Sport Para athletics
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthTilburg, NED
Height1.77 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Amsterdam, NED
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - The Hague University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 17 in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She tried a number of sports growing up but was not convinced by any of them. She then went to a Paralympic talent day in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where she was spotted by Para athletics coach Guido Bonsen. "I chose cycling and athletics, but I quickly dropped the bikes. [Athletics] felt like it suited me really well."
Club / Team
AV Phanos: Amsterdam, NED
Name of coach
Guido Bonsen [personal], NED
Training Regime
She trains nine times a week at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, including six days on the track.
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Oie Boutique [which is her surname in French. "I got it at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon [France], where they translated my last name into French."]. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Reading, solving puzzles, watching television. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the T64 100m at the 2019 Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Guido Bonsen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US decathlete Ashton Eaton. (NPC Media Guide, 20 Oct 2015)
Injuries
In 2019 she sustained an injury to her heel that caused her to miss two months of training. She was told the injury would not fully heal for two years. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

She tore the meniscus in her left knee during a training session in April 2016. She underwent surgery and returned to training five weeks later. (mvgansewinkel.nl, 02 Jul 2016)

She has had a recurring injury to her Achilles tendon [inflammation] since 2013. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Get a little bit better every day. But have fun doing it." (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Athletics Federation. (Instagram profile, 13 Dec 2018; teamnl.org, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2016 and 2017 she was named Para Athlete of the Year at the Tilburg Sports Gala in the Netherlands. (Instagram profile, 16 Dec 2017; tilburgssportgala.nl, 15 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 12 Mar 2020)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm and the lower part of her left leg. She also has an impairment to her right hand. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; uitmagazine.com, 03 May 2019; mvgansewinkel.nl, 20 Apr 2015)
Other information
BURNOUT
She suffered from burnout in the late part of 2019 after a tiring but successful 2019 season. "I was completely exhausted. It was no longer possible, both physically and mentally. I couldn't concentrate at all. I forgot about training, and I no longer knew how certain training exercises went. It gives me courage for the future, I was able to run fast while I felt bad. I was so tired, I didn't even want to start the [2019] world championships final of the 100m anymore. I was at the start and just thought, 'I don't want to be here, I want to sleep'. Yes, of course I am happy with those medals afterwards, but people did not see the story behind them." (bndestem.nl, 29 Feb 2020)

EARLY DAYS
She competed against able-bodied children in a number of sports growing up and did not want to receive special treatment due to her impairment. "I wanted to do the sports that my classmates did, and I wanted to do it in the normal way because my prosthesis makes almost anything possible. I cycled on a regular bicycle, not on a modified one. I once rode it for a total of three days. That's how I wanted to play football too, not at a club for the disabled. The only sport where I had to join a special association was horse riding. They were too careful with me there, which wasn't necessary at all. That may have been ignorance, but my riding lessons didn't last long." (uitmagazine.com, 03 May 2019)

MOVE TO AMSTERDAM
She followed her coach Guido Bonsen when he relocated his training base from Papendal to Amsterdam, Netherlands. In October 2017 the pair, alongside Dutch Para sprinter Fleur Jong, founded the Team Para Atletiek club in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "By following Guido I did not opt for certainty. I swam a bit against the current, I stood up for myself. This has made me stronger, more independent. That choice was immediately reflected in my performance. I am better in every way, as a person, as a student. I have found my place and I am happier. This has been a very special journey and I am so proud of the team we put together and how we also give back to society." (bndestem.nl, 29 Feb 2020; uitmagazine.com, 03 May 2019; ossur.nl, 17 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 02 Jun 2018; Twitter profile, 20 Oct 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Long Jump T44 5.57
7 2016 100m T44 13.64
3 2021 Long Jump T64 5.78
1 2021 200m T64 26.22
1 2021 100m T64 12.78
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 100m T44 14.32
2 2015 Long Jump T44 5.27
Heats 2015 200m T44 29.19
4 2015 100m T44 13.49
2 2017 Long Jump T44 5.29
7 2017 100m T44 13.65
  2019 200m T64  DSQ
2 2019 Long Jump T64 5.28
2 2019 100m T64 12.96
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m T44 14.11
4 2014 200m T44 14.11
4 2014 400m T44 1:14.63
5 2014 Long Jump T44 4.21
1 2018 100m T64 12.85
1 2018 200m T64 26.12
2 2018 Long Jump T64 5.61
2 2021 100m T64 12.80
2 2021 Long Jump T64 5.82
1 2021 200m T64 26.79