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Sport Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Netherlands   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Daughter Sarina
Other names
Mirjam Peper
Vlissingen, NED
Coach, Motivational Speaker, Volunteer
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in October 2004 with club Oceanus in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She started swimming recreationally and then grew to love it.
General Interest
She suffered from acute appendicitis in August 2018. She was urgently taken to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. (Facebook profile, 12 Aug 2018)

In June 2018 she was hospitalised to have a gastrostomy [an opening in the stomach for nutritional support]. She was able to go home after a week. (Facebook profile, 07 Jun 2018, 13 Jun 2018, 16 Jun 2018)

In February 2018 she underwent surgery on her heart as a pacemaker had to be placed. (Facebook profile, 10 Feb 2018)

She suffered from thrombosis in her arm in November 2017. (Facebook profile, 24 Nov 2017)

She suffered from a hernia in the summer of 2012. (, 05 Sep 2012)

In 2009 she underwent surgery on both her shoulders. She was out for a year as a result as it both times took six months two recover. (deKNZB's YouTube channel, 02 May 2012;, 2012)

She had seven operations on her anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] during her career. (, 30 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She was the Netherlands' flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 16 Sep 2008)
Other sports
She played wheelchair basketball but was forced to quit due to injury. (, 08 Dec 2009)
She has a connective tissue condition, which was first diagnosed in 1993 after the birth of her daughter. She underwent an operation in 2000, during which a nerve was damaged in her spine, resulting in paraplegia. (, 08 Dec 2009)
Other information
She ended her career after the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, Israel. (LinkedIn profile, 2018)

She has served as a voluntary adviser for a travelling website to make hotels more accessible for people with an impairment. (LinkedIn profile, 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 50m Freestyle S6 35.60
2 2008 100m Freestyle S6 1:19.29
2 2008 400m Freestyle S6 5:43.76
1 2008 100m Backstroke S6 1:28.34
3 2012 100m Backstroke S6 1:29.04
4 2012 400m Freestyle S6 5:38.06
1 2012 50m Freestyle S6 34.77
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S6  DNS
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 50m Freestyle S6 37.67
3 2006 100m Freestyle S6 1:22.50
4 2006 400m Freestyle S6 6:12.49
3 2006 100m Backstroke S6 1:35.26
6 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:54.87
2 2010 50m Freestyle S6 36.19
2 2010 100m Freestyle S6 1:18.25
8 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:37.75