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SCHEP Gert-Jan
Sport Para athletics, Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthVoorburg, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lekkerkerk, NED
Occupation
Communications Professional
Languages
Dutch, English, Spanish
Higher education
Marketing, Communications - Johan Cruyff College: Nijmegen, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in late 2015. He joined Rotterdam Atletiek club and made his competition debut in March 2016.
Why this sport?
He competed in Para swimming at international level until shoulder and calf injuries ended his swimming career in 2013. In October 2015 he attended a Para sports talent identification day in the Netherlands and was encouraged to take up Para athletics. "I always loved watching this sport."
Club / Team
De Lansingh: Netherlands
Name of coach
Richard Kooijman [club], NED; Fynn van Buuren, NED
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Scheppie, GJ (atletiek.scheppies.nl, 20 May 2017; Facebook profile, 30 May 2016)
Hobbies
Reading, music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 100m T36 at the 2018 Grand Prix in Berlin, Germany. Winning a silver medal in the T36 400m at the 2018 European Championship in Berlin. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He sustained a knee injury in 2016. He was sidelined for six months before he was able to run again in February 2017. (Twitter profile, 04 Feb 2017)

In 2007 he tore the bicep tendon in his right shoulder during a swimming training session. He also began suffering from cramps in his calf muscle in 2007. After six years of rehabilitation and multiple surgeries the injuries forced him to end his Para swimming career in 2013. (atletiek.scheppies.nl, 20 May 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never stop dreaming." (atletiek.scheppies.nl, 20 May 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the 2008 International Student Athlete Award from the Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies in the Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; scheppies.nl, 05 Jun 2008)
Other sports
He represented the Netherlands in Para swimming at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (atletiek.scheppies.nl, 20 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (aofondsrijk-vindingrijk.nl, Nov 2016)
Impairment
He was born ten weeks premature, which led to cerebral haemorrhages. He has increased muscle tension, spasms and a motor impairment as a result. (anoushkavanbemmel.wordpress.com, 29 Apr 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a social media and content editor for Uitvoeringsorganisatie Bedrijfsvoering Rijk, a government office in The Hague, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)

OTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a bachelor's degree in business administration, commercial economics and sports marketing from the Johan Cruyff Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has also studied for a master's degree in management sciences, marketing and supply chain management from the Open University in Heerlen, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 50m Freestyle S8 30.14
11 2004 100m Freestyle S8 1:06.86
6 2004 100m Backstroke S8 1:17.74
5 2004 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:40.90
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2002 50m Freestyle S8 30.78
11 2002 100m Freestyle S8 1:09.98
7 2002 100m Backstroke S8 1:22.25
13 2002 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:27.25
10 2002 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:53.76
7 2006 50m Freestyle S8 29.09
6 2006 100m Freestyle S8 1:03.16
4 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:13.25
8 2006 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:24.04
4 2006 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:37.15
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 400m T36 58.81