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MOLENKAMP Chantal
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthAlkmaar, NED
Height1.57 m
Weight 42 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Languages
Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
In 2009 she was scouted during a Paralympic talent day organised by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation. Swimming is also a good remedy for her illness as she moves easier in the water and has less pain in her muscles and joints.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Netherlands
Location
Naples, ITA
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn. (azpc.nl, 10 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2010/11 Sportswoman of the Year in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (sportloketalkmaar.nl, 30 Sep 2011)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease [MCTD], which affects her immune system. She gets tired easily and has pain in her muscles and joints. (chantalmolenkamp.nl, 07 Apr 2015; azpc.nl, 10 Jul 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from Para-swimming in September 2016. ''Due to health issues and future plans I have decided to retire from swimming. 15 years of competitive swimming and 7 years of Paralympic swimming has given me so much. I'm grateful for the lessons I learned and the adventures and opportunities it gave me. Sometimes it was hard, specially the last year. But l'm proud that, no matter what, I always kept believing in my dream and never gave up. I look back with a big smile on my face realising how special it was to represent my country at two Paralympic Games, where I had the time of my life.'' (Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2016)

FOUNDATION
In January 2013 the Chantal Molenkamp Foundation was founded, and its aim is to offer financial support to para-athletes. (chantalmolenkamp.nl, 12 Apr 2016)

JOB
She works as a make-up artist. (Instagram profile, 07 Feb 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S10 30.09
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S10 1:06.52
6 2016 50m Freestyle S10 28.93
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2010 100m Butterfly S10 1:16.04
12 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:46.33
6 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:54.87
10 2010 100m Freestyle S10 1:07.15
12 2010 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:30.06
10 2010 50m Freestyle S10 30.43
10 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:19.91
8 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:37.75
6 2013 100m Freestyle S10 1:05.61
8 2013 100m Butterfly S10 1:16.84
5 2013 50m Freestyle S10 29.36
6 2015 50m Freestyle S10 28.59
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 50m Freestyle S10 28.85
8 2014 100m Butterfly S10 1:15.72
8 2014 100m Freestyle S10 1:07.90