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BOER Simon
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age26
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Amersfoort, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Economics, Sports Management, Sports Marketing - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming at age 10.
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Netherlands
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching football and supporting Dutch team Feyenoord. (Twitter profile, 23 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para swimmers Marc Evers and Michael Schoenmaker. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Injuries
He was unable to compete for six months in 2011 due to glandular fever. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I feel that I once suffered from my impairment. I have always exercised a lot and never felt sorry or inadequate. I don't do elite sport just to prove something or to feel better about myself. I just really enjoy it." (hvana.nl, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2013 Sportsman of the Year in Elburg, Netherlands. (Facebook page, 22 Apr 2015)
Impairment
He was born with femur fibula ulna [FFU] syndrome, which led to the amputation of both his legs. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In July 2020 he retired from Para swimming to work as a marketing and communications board member for a foundation in Amersfoort, Netherlands, which helps people with impairments and chronic illnesses participate in sport. He later took a part-time role as communications officer for the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. "I am delighted and proud that I can take my experiences as an athlete and resident of Amersfoort with me and apply them as a board member of the Onbeperkt Amersfoort foundation. I strive to use my passion to make a positive contribution to the emancipation of people with disabilities in Amersfoort." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2021; destadamersfoort.nl, 29 Jul 2020)

FINDING HIS STROKE
He said that his focus on breaststroke was the result of research into the best stroke and technique for his abilities. "I have experimented a lot with coaches to discover the ideal stroke for my body. I have a lot of strength in my arms and can make long strokes. In addition, I use a different technique with my legs than usual for breaststroke. I pull them far below my body and then fold them out explosively." (hvana.nl, 20 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:20.44 
5 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:22.79 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2010 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:27.00
9 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:39.83
12 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:15.73
13 2010 5km Open Water S1-S10 1:11:52.24
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:22.04
8 2013 400m Freestyle S8 4:50.16
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.31
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:18.83
Heat 2015 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:32.58
5 2019 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:22.86
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:20.33
8 2014 200m Individual Medley SM9  DNS
5 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:35.84
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:20.67