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VAN WANROOIJ Thomas
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age18
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rotterdam, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para swimming at age 14.
Why this sport?
He received an email from Visio, a Dutch centre for visually impaired people, inviting him to take part in a talent day at the National Sports Centre Papendal in the Netherlands.
Club / Team
Poseidon 56: Ridderkerk, NED
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
General Interest
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was nominated for the Talent of the Year award in the municipality of Rotterdam-Rijnmond, Netherlands. (rijnmond.nl, 01 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Paralympisch Zwemteam Facebook page, 10 Sep 2020)
Impairment
At age 12 he lost a considerable amount of his vision. (Paralympisch Zwemteam Facebook page, 10 Sep 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2021 100m Backstroke S13 1:00.50
3 2021 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:10.79
6 2021 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:06.75
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S13  DSQ
5 2019 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:08.31
4 2019 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:14.69