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Sport Athletics, Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthMoordrecht, NED
Height1.90 m
Weight 87 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Partner Tamara Helmond
Gouda, NED
Athlete, Engineer
Dutch, English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2003. He competed at his first Dutch national championships in 2005.
Why this sport?
He was invited to a training camp by coach Frank Dik.
Club / Team
Rotterdam Atletiek: Netherlands
Name of coach
Arno Mul [national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Assen, NED
General Interest
Ronnie (Instagram profile, 10 May 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the Dutch national long jump champion in 2015, winning silver in long jump at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France, and claiming bronze in javelin at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents and coaches. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para long jumper Marije Smits, US sprinter Carl Lewis. (, 10 Jul 2012; NPC media guide, 20 Oct 2015)
A bruised pelvis prevented him from doing any long jump training throughout July 2014. (, 06 Aug 2014)

He competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder two weeks before the competition. (, 16 Sep 2016)

He suffered a major injury to his back after competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 18 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Having one leg canít stop you from doing what you want." (, 02 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
He was the Netherlands' flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 16 Aug 2012)
He was involved in a car accident in 2003, which resulted in his right leg being amputated. (, 18 Mar 2012;, 02 Aug 2015)
Other information
Since 2017 he has served as an athletes' commission member for the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. (, 12 Jun 2018;, 20 Apr 2017)

In 2012 he switched from javelin to long jump because of persistent shoulder problems. "I enjoyed javelin a lot. I've won a medal in that in every major competition there is. There is no feeling like hitting the sweet spot during a throw. But on the other hand, when I hit the sweet spot in long jump, it gives me the same satisfaction." (, 06 Aug 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 Javelin Throw F42/44 51.69
3 2012 Javelin Throw F44 55.83
Round 1 2016 100m T44 11.46
2 2016 Long Jump T44 7.29
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 Javelin Throw F44 36.94
3 2011 Javelin Throw F44 52.37
13 2011 100m T44 12.38
5 2013 200m T44 23.24
6 2013 100m T44 11.70
2 2013 Long Jump T44 6.78
2 2015 Long Jump T44 7.26
Heats 2015 100m T44 12.38
2 2017 Long Jump T44 6.94
  2017 200m T44  DSQ
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m T44 12.10
3 2014 200m T44 23.39
3 2014 Long Jump T42-44 6.78
Final 2018 200m T64 23.00
3 2018 4 x 100m Relay T42-47/61-64 45.63
  2018 Long Jump T64  DNS