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Sport Para athletics
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthAmstelveen, NED
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T47, F46
Further Personal Information
Amstelveen, NED
Dutch, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies, Sports and Recreation - ROC Top Sports Academy: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2016.
Why this sport?
She was discovered by Dutch Para athlete Marlene van Gansewinkel during a Para athletics talent day. "[At the talent day] I played badminton and table tennis, because I had played tennis all my life. The fourth round was a free round and for that I actually wanted to choose archery, which seemed super cool to me. But when I wanted to fill up my water bottle, Marlene van Gansewinkel tapped me. She told me who she was and asked what I was going to do in the last round. She said I should come to athletics because I have long legs and I am thin."
Club / Team
AV Phanos: Amsterdam, NED
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Noot [Dutch for 'nuts'. "My family always called me Noot at home. A while ago my team and I were training in the dunes. My parents joined. When I ran uphill, my mum said 'come on Noot.' My coach looked at me and said, 'What did your mom say?' From that moment on my nickname is Noot." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Playing tennis, board games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Guido Bonsen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German javelin thrower Thomas Rohler. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Illness disrupted her training ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (, 05 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''Your impairment is only a problem if you make a problem of it. Think in possibilities, not in impossibilities.'' (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 2018)
Other sports
She has played tennis at national youth level in the Netherlands. (, 29 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger brother Fabian Roorda has played tennis at national youth level in the Netherlands. (, 29 Nov 2016; TAMN Facebook page, 17 Feb 2016)
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (, 05 Nov 2019;, 2018)
She was born without her right forearm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
She trained in sprint events after taking up Para athletics in 2016 before switching to javelin in 2018. "[Sprinting] turned out not to be a great success. I had never done athletics before so I had no idea if I could really do it. Last year [2018], after the European Championships in Berlin, we changed the training and started doing fun things for a month where we could try other events like javelin, discus, and high jump. I had been saying for a long time that javelin seemed so much fun to me. And when I threw [the javelin] for the first time, my coach said, 'Wow, Noelle! Do that again'. So I threw a javelin two or three times and then I said to my coach, 'I don't know what you think, but I'm going to be a javelin thrower, period'. After that we completely changed my schedule and since then I have completely opted for javelin throwing." (Team Para Atletiek Facebook page, 07 Jun 2020;, 05 Nov 2019;, 31 Oct 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2021 Javelin Throw F46 40.06
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2019 Javelin Throw F46 39.36
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2021 Javelin Throw F46 39.72