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Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Germany   
Height1.76 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Son Maximus
Machinery Operator
Dutch, English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2001 in Bremen, Germany.
Why this sport?
"It is a fast and full body contact team sport. You have to play it with every single skill you have and you have to train every skill hard to be good enough for international competition."
Club / Team
Weserstars Bremen: Germany
Name of coach
Andreas Pokorny [national], GER
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Turin, ITA
General Interest
Skiing, water skiing, handcycling, fixing vintage cars. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
His wife and family. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)
He was diagnosed with an infection in his spinal canal in 2018 and needed eight months to recover. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Problems are there to be fixed." (Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
He was part of the Weserstars Para ice hockey team that received the Para Athletes of the Year award at the 2016 Bremen Sports Awards in Germany. (, 14 Mar 2017)
Famous relatives
His grandfather played football for Dutch side NEC Nijmegen. (Athlete, 26 Feb 2013)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 29 Nov 2021)
He was involved in a car accident in 1997, which resulted in paraplegia. He also broke his right shoulder, several ribs, and his right leg in the incident, as well as suffering a collapsed lung. In the aftermath, he had a cardiac arrest following a mistake by a doctor during an operation. (, 29 Nov 2021; Athlete, 26 Feb 2013)
Other information
He works as an equipment operator for a shipping and logistics service company. (, 29 Nov 2021; Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2021; Athlete, 07 Oct 2019)

Although he was born in the Netherlands, he plays Para ice hockey for Germany because he has lived and worked there since 2001. He has served as captain of the German team. (, 29 Nov 2021; Facebook profile 21 Jan 2013;, 16 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 Team  
8 2008/2009 Team  
6 2015 Team  
7 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 Team  
6 2016 Team