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BRANDSMA Jaaike
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age31
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
D
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
Dutch
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up sitting volleyball in 2014.
Why this sport?
She took part in sitting volleyball at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England, and enjoyed the team aspect of the sport.
Name of coach
Pim Scherpenzeel [national], NED
General Interest
Other sports
She won a gold medal in shot put at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England. (zitvolleybal.com, 16 Sep 2015)
Impairment
In July 2007 she was serving with the army in Deh Rahwod, Afghanistan, when she was severely wounded by a suicide bomber. She lost her left leg, suffered injuries to her arm and sustained a hearing impairment. "We were on a mission at a market. Half a metre from us someone blew himself up. There was a pop, a lot of smoke and screams. I tried to stand, but could not." (zitvolleybal.com, 16 Sep 2015; degewondesoldaat.nl, 2012)
Other information
FOUNDER
She founded and has served as president of 'De Gewonde Soldaat [Wounded Soldier], an organisation to assist injured servicemen and servicewomen when they return to the Netherlands, and to raise awareness of the challenges they face. She was inspired by a visit to United States of America. "In America there is a lot of recognition [for returned service personnel] from society that we lack a little in Netherlands. People have no idea, they do not know what we experienced, what was in our heads and what we have done there." (degewondesoldaat.nl, 2016; degewondesoldaat.nl, 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Team