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Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthAlmelo, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Further Personal Information
Almelo, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
His parents got him involved in the sport. "I always did judo, but didn't like that anymore. My sister also swam and that seemed like something to me. My mother told me then that I had to swim laps, because I actually enjoyed diving. Yet after one training I was completely over."
Training Regime
He trains five days a week at WS Twente in Hengelo, Netherlands.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His parents. (IPC, 27 Oct 2009)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Dutch swimmer Marleen Veldhuis, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (IPC, 27 Oct 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't try, but do." (IPC, 27 Oct 2009)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Para Athlete of the Year in Almelo, Netherlands. (, 30 Jan 2016)
Other sports
He has represented the Netherlands in Para open water swimming, and won gold in the 1500m open water event at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, CA, United States of America. (, 02 Mar 2019)
He has pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified [PDD-NOS], a form of autism spectrum disorder [ASD]. (, 02 Mar 2019)
Other information
He works as a kitchen worker for Het Streekfornuus, a catering business based in Almelo, Netherlands. (Facebook profile, 18 Jun 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2010 100m Backstroke S14 1:10.59
26 2010 100m Breaststroke SB14 1:33.44
13 2010 200m Freestyle S14 2:12.55