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TEUNISSEN Lisette
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age35
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Tijmen Slomp, one child
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Law, Legal Assistant Studies, Social Work Studies - Albeda College; Hogeschool Inholland Rotterdam: Rotterdam, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age four and began competing in 2000.
Why this sport?
She attended a sports day for people with an impairment, where she took part in a Para swimming clinic. After this experience she decided to join the Redeoss swimming club in Delft, Netherlands.
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Netherlands
General Interest
Nicknames
Lieske (IPC, 29 Oct 2009)
Hero / Idol
Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer. (IPC, 29 Oct 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anyone who fights may lose, but anyone who is not fighting has already lost." (IPC, 29 Oct 2009)
Awards and honours
In April 2014 she received the Dutch National Swimming Association [KNZB] Achievement Prize. She was the first Para swimmer to win this award. (knzb.nl, 12 Apr 2014)

She was named the Female Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Rotterdam-Rijnmond Sports Awards in the Netherlands. She was the first Para athlete to receive this award. (derotterdammert.nl, 20 Dec 2013)

She was named a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (rijnmond.nl, 11 Sep 2012)
Impairment
She was born with hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy [HMSN], which causes muscle weakness. (lisetteteunissen.nl, 02 Aug 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She decided to retire from the sport in February 2018. "I have no energy to continue with the sport. My disability is progressive and that makes it more difficult to continue with swimming," she said." (knzb.nl, 27 Feb 2018; ad.nl, 28 Feb 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 50m Freestyle S5 45.68
5 2008 200m Freestyle S5 3:22.89
4 2008 50m Backstroke S5 50.87
8 2012 50m Freestyle S5 44.82
7 2012 200m Freestyle S5 3:22.67
1 2012 50m Backstroke S4 51.51
4 2016 100m Freestyle S3 1:39.77
3 2016 50m Backstroke S3 53.44 
7 2016 50m Freestyle S4 45.56 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2006 50m Freestyle S5 47.28
9 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:40.61
5 2006 200m Freestyle S5 3:30.23
5 2006 50m Backstroke S5 50.20
7 2010 50m Freestyle S5 44.00
5 2010 50m Backstroke S5 49.75
4 2010 200m Freestyle S5 3:15.17
5 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:35.11
3 2013 50m Freestyle S4 47.17
1 2013 50m Backstroke S4 51.43
2 2013 100m Freestyle S4 1:37.22
2 2013 200m Freestyle S4 3:22.97
2 2013 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:16.38
1 2015 100m Freestyle S3 1:37.18
8 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:28.89
1 2015 50m Backstroke S3 51.23
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Freestyle S5 1:34.89
1 2009 200m Freestyle S5 3:21.34
3 2009 50m Backstroke S5 51.46
2 2009 50m Freestyle S5 44.40
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Freestyle S4 1:36.73
2 2014 50m Freestyle S4 46.97
2 2014 200m Freestyle S4 3:30.25
2 2014 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:19.06
1 2014 50m Backstroke S4 51.91