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FRANSSEN Michelle
Sport Para swimming
NPC Belgium   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthLommel, BEL
Height1.63 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Maarten Libin
Residence
Ostend, BEL
Languages
Dutch
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two in Peer, Belgium.
Why this sport?
"I love to be in the water."
Club / Team
Royal Ostend Swimming Club [ROSC]: Belgium
Name of coach
Gregory Planckaert, BEL
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Belgium
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her partner Maarten Libin, and her coach. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Belgian Para swimmer Sven Decaesstecker. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Wish it, dream it, do it." (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Maarten Libin competed in swimming [SB6 100m breaststroke] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born with autism. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 200m Freestyle S14 2:19.91
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:22.73
5 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:36.54 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 200m Freestyle S14 2:24.55
Heats 2013 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:27.26
Heats 2013 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:44.07
6 2015 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:22.93
7 2015 200m Freestyle S14 2:19.85
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM14  DSQ
4 2015 100m Backstroke S14 1:14.02
4 2017 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:26.17
4 2017 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:43.40
5 2017 200m Freestyle S14 2:26.19
4 2017 100m Backstroke S14 1:15.40
5 2017 100m Butterfly S14 1:16.48
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 100m Backstroke S14 1:17.01
7 2014 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:24.30
8 2014 200m Freestyle S14 2:21.94
6 2014 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:41.04
4 2016 200m Freestyle S14 2:17.04
5 2016 100m Backstroke S14 1:17.70
7 2016 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:25.10
4 2016 200m Individual Medley SM14 2:37.02