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DANKERS Patrique
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthDordrecht, NED
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Children Daan, Roel and Isa
Helmond, NED
Business Owner, Businessperson, Information Technology
Dutch, English, French, German
Higher education
Business Information Systems - Fontys University of Applied Sciences: Eindhoven, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2006.
Why this sport?
After his accident, he took up athletics [javelin] in order to train and recover his upper body strength. During this time, he realised he had more talent for bench press than for javelin, and decided to pursue powerlifting at an elite level.
Name of coach
Laurens Schouten, NED
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Wroclaw, POL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his category at the 2017 World Cup event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay clean." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
In 2004 he was struck by a car that was being driven by a drunk driver. His right lower leg was amputated and his pelvis was severely injured, resulting in the removal of a metre of his small intestine. He left hospital after seven weeks. (, 28 Jan 2013)
Other information
He was a member of the Athletes' Commission of the Dutch Olympic Committee in 2014 and 2015. (Dutch Olympic Committee Atleten Commissie Facebook page, 22 Dec 2015;, 28 May 2014)

In 2000 he founded the company e-Quest in Helmond, Netherlands. He owns a fiber optic network in six Dutch cities. (, 15 Aug 2018; LinkedIn profile, 2016; Fontys Hogeschool ICT YouTube channel, 16 Jan 2015;, 28 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 82.5kg 170.0
16 2014 88kg 182.0
9 2017 88kg 191.0
17 2019 97kg 180.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 88kg 180
8 2015 80kg 166
3 2018 97kg 197