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SMITS Marije
Sport Para athletics, Para-Cycling
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthGouda, NED
Height1.63 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42, F42
Further Personal Information
Residence
Amsterdam, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Pediatrics - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
KAV Holland: Haarlem, NED
Name of coach
Guido Bonsen [national]
Coach from which country?
Netherlands
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"They have amputated my leg, not my passion." (marijesmits.nl, 31 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2011 Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Athletics Union. (paralympischesport.nl, 2012)
Impairment
In 1999 she had a section of her right leg amputated after battling cancer. (marijesmits.nl, 31 Mar 2012)
Other information
STUDY BREAK
After competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she decided to take a break from the sport to focus on studying for her PhD in gastroenterology at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (nocnsf.nl, 10 Oct 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 Long Jump F42 3.19 
6 2008 Long Jump F42 3.39
5 2008 100m T42 18.27
11 2012 Long Jump T42/44 3.59
8 2012 100m T42 18.28
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002 Long Jump F42-46 2.84
4 2006 100m T42 19.55
8 2006 Long Jump F42 2.91
2 2011 Long Jump F42 3.73
6 2011 100m T42 18.27