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ROOZEN Annette
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthUtrecht, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T63, F63
Further Personal Information
Partner Wouter Raijmakers, daughter Lisa [2011], son Hugo [2014]
Utrecht, NED
Dutch, English
Higher education
Journalism - HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She became involved in Para athletics at age 21.
Why this sport?
She discovered Para athletics after attending a conference in Arnhem, Netherlands, run by US athletes about prosthetic limbs and their use in sport.
Club / Team
Atletiekvereniging U-Track: Utrecht, NED
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Assen, NED
General Interest
She was forced to withdraw from the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, due to a hamstring injury. (, 05 Nov 2019)

In 2009 she did not compete at the Nelli Cooman Games in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, due to injury. (, 08 Jun 2009)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2007 Dutch Sportsperson with a Disability. (, 01 Dec 2010)

In 2006 she was named Sportswoman of the Year in Utrecht, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 25 Mar 2020)
She was diagnosed with bone cancer, which resulted in the amputation of her right leg at age 15. (, 21 Apr 2018)
Other information
In 2010 she took time away from the sport to start a family. She returned in February 2012 with the aim of competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In 2013 she announced her retirement from international competition, before returning to the sport in 2017 with a view to competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 25 Mar 2020; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020; Facebook profile, 31 Jul 2018, 07 Dec 2017;, 21 Apr 2018;, 12 Jul 2013;, 01 Jul 2012;, 19 Feb 2012)

She worked as a journalist, editor, and reporter at RTV Utrecht, a broadcast company in the Netherlands for 14 years between September 2002 and December 2016. (Facebook profile, 31 Jul 2018; LinkedIn profile, 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 Long Jump F42 3.33 
2 2008 Long Jump F42 3.63
2 2008 100m T42 17.13
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 100m T42 16.96
1 2006 Long Jump F42 3.49
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 Long Jump T63 3.77