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Sport Para athletics
NPC Belgium   
Place of BirthDendermonde, BEL
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
One child
Lede, BEL
Dutch, English, French
Higher education
Communications - Artevelde University College: Ghent, BEL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 25 at the Vlierzele Sportief club in Belgium.
Why this sport?
He contacted Parantee VZW, a sports federation for people with an impairment in Flanders, Belgium, and asked them to help him find a sport. "I had always been active in sports. I was a [football] goalkeeper before [the accident]. After my car crash I experienced insomnia. I started working on my fitness, but it didn't help with sleeping. Besides football, I had felt something for athletics, especially long jump. After my first training session, I had achieved my goal. My insomnia was over."
Club / Team
Vlierzele Sportief: Belgium
Senior International Debut
Competing for
European Championships
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Spending time with family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mieke van Thuyne. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His brothers Koen and Mattis. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
He sustained a 2cm muscle tear while competing at the 2019 Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Pajot Sport Facebook page, 28 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mens sana in corpore sano." [A healthy mind in a healthy body] (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He played football at youth level for Belgian clubs Eendracht Aalst, Anderlecht and Beveren. (, 05 May 2014)
Famous relatives
His older brothers Koen and Mattis have both played professional football at club level in Belgium. (, 07 May 2017;, 01 May 2011)
He was involved in a car crash at age 19 after he fell asleep while driving home from a party. He sustained a brain injury in the incident and was in a coma for a month. The injury resulted in hemiplegia on his right side. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 05 May 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2019 Long Jump T37 4.99
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2018 200m T37 29.75
8 2018 Long Jump T37 5.00
8 2018 100m T37 14.11