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Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthBurlington, CAN
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Artist, Athlete, Entertainment Industry, Motivational Speaker, Musician
Higher education
Marketing - Athabasca University: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age nine. She took up para-swimming in 2010.
Why this sport?
She returned to swimming as part of her rehabilitation after her accident. "It was good for my health and was healing my feet."
General Interest
Singing. (Twitter profile, 10 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The accident was tragic for me and Id rather die than go through that pain again, but seeing people with other disabilities and other challenges has been an inspiration. Ive been humbled by the whole experience and feel so inspired." (, 31 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She received the award for Best Games Debut at the 2013 Canadian Paralympic Committee Sport Awards. (, 10 May 2013)

She was named the 2011 and 2012 Female Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Ontario Sport Awards in Canada. (, 18 Jun 2014;, 19 Apr 2013)

In 2011 and 2012 she was named the Female Para-Swimmer of the Year at Swimming Canada's Big Splash Awards Gala. (, 26 Nov 2012; Swimming Canada's YouTube channel, 30 Nov 2011)
Other sports
Before her accident she was a competitive trampoliner and swimmer, and just failed to qualify for Canada's swim team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 19 Jun 2014;, 20 Jul 2010)
In November 2008 she was practising on a trampoline when her landing from a five-metre jump went wrong. She missed the sponge pit, landed on the concrete floor and shattered almost all of the bones in her feet. Doctors initially considered amputation, then later said she would never walk again. She had three operations to insert plates and screws and spent six months in a wheelchair, and 18 months more on crutches. She has permanent problems with the movement of her ankles and feet. (, 29 May 2015)
Other information
In December 2015 she was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, which involves the peripheral and central nervous system sending faulty pain messages to the brain. The condition forced her to withdraw from selection for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 27 May 2016)

She originally competed for her birth country Canada, including at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Holding both a Canadian and Dutch passport, she decided to switch to competing for the Netherlands, and in January 2014 she received approval from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. In April 2014 she made her international debut for the Netherlands during the Swim Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (, 07 Apr 2014;, 02 Apr 2014)

She served as an ambassador for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (, 16 Oct 2012)-

She illustrated and co-wrote with twin sister Julia a children's book titled 'The Night I Met the Boogie Man'. (, 02 Apr 2013)

She is named after US Olympic swimming champion Summer Sanders. (, 28 Aug 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:32.08
1 2012 50m Freestyle S10 28.10
7 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:38.23
1 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:05.90
3 2012 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.58
7 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:10.85
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 100m Butterfly S10 1:12.25
1 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:30.14
1 2010 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.39
1 2010 50m Freestyle S10 28.35
1 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.74
4 2015 50m Freestyle S10 28.14
1 2015 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.05
3 2015 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.24
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 50m Freestyle S10 28.12
1 2014 100m Backstroke S10 1:06.46
2 2014 100m Freestyle S10 1:01.18