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Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
's-Hertogenbosch, NED
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was involved in swimming before his accident in 2009. He began Para swimming during his rehabilitation.
Why this sport?
Before his accident he was into sports like swimming, football, tennis and horse riding. After a six-month period of rehabilitation, he learned to walk and swim again. He joined his former swimming club, DZ and PC Drachten, and says he now swims even faster than before his accident. He also took up the sport because he feels free in the water.
Club / Team
Bossche Zwemvereniging [BZV]: 's-Hertogenbosch, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S10 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 28 Feb 2017)
In April 2017 he required surgery after he was diagnosed with appendicitis. (, 05 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2011 Young Person of the Year by the youth magazine '7Days' in the Netherlands. (, 20 Jan 2012)
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (, 28 Feb 2017)
He was involved in a horse riding accident in 2009 that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. (, 13 Nov 2014;, 11 Jan 2011)
Other information
He lived in Vietnam for the first three years of his life before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia, at age six with his family. He spent three years in Jakarta, where he attended the Netherlands International School [NIS]. (, 2015)

In 2011 a book titled 'Kampioen' [Champion] was published in the Netherlands about his accident and life story. (, 26 May 2015;, 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 100m Backstroke S10 58.10 
5 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:13.72 
8 2016 100m Freestyle S10 55.04 
Heats 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:17.22
5 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:22.79 
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S10 56.50
6 2013 400m Freestyle S10 4:23.94
8 2013 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:19.58
5 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:03.18
4 2015 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.25
2 2015 100m Backstroke S10 1:00.62
7 2015 100m Freestyle S10 55.58
5 2015 400m Freestyle S10 4:19.48
European Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 50m Freestyle S10 26.39
5 2014 400m Freestyle S10 4:23.96
5 2014 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:16.74
1 2014 100m Backstroke S10 1:01.09