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Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthWijk bij Duurstede, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Leg length difference, Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
The Hague, NED
Public Servant
Dutch, English, German
Higher education
Social and Behavioral Science - Utrecht University: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up sitting volleyball in 2001 in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
A sports consultant at her rehabilitation centre introduced her to para-sport. She did not want to take part in a sport requiring a wheelchair, and despite trying skiing, was hooked on sitting volleyball immediately.
Name of coach
Pim Scherpenzeel [national], NED
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn. (, 25 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Hitter at the 2015 European Championships in Podcetrtek, Slovenia. (Sitting Volleyball Team Slovenia Facebook page, 10 Nov 2015)

She was named 2006 Female Athlete of the Year in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands. (, 05 Mar 2007)
She was born without the thigh in her right leg. (, Sep 2016)
Other information
She has worked as a policy officer at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in Netherlands. (Facebook profile, 24 Dec 2016)

In 2012 she founded Elvira Stinissen Sport-ability, providing presentations and workshops to highlight opportunities in sport for people with and without impairments. She has also served as vice chair of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athletes' Council. (, 06 Oct 2014;, 2012)

She did a master's degree in organisational science and public administration at Utrecht University in Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Team  
4 2012 Team  
6 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 Team