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MACHENS Erik
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthHanover, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
L&F2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Osnabrück, GER
Occupation
Coach, Graphical Design
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Graphic Design - Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences: Germany
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para dance sport in 2009 in Hanover, Germany.
Why this sport?
He and former dance partner Andrea Borrmann wanted to have some fun, so they took part in a dance workshop. The coach Michael Webel saw that they had potential, and advised them to start training for professional dancing.
Club / Team
TK Hannover: Germany
Name of coach
Pippa Roberts [national]
General Interest
Injuries
He took a break from international competition for one year between 2018 and 2019 due to health problems. He returned to competition at the 2019 Mainhatten Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (tanzsport.de, 01 Aug 2019; insidethegames.biz, 02 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[Para dance sport] is more than just a sport. It is a sign of everybody's possibilities and potential." (Word Para Dance Sport Facebook page, 09 Oct 2017)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (dmsg.de, 02 Aug 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In 2014 he founded Maksee Design, a graphic design company based in Osnabruck, Germany. (Facebook profile, 11 Nov 2019; Facebook team page, 25 Apr 2019)

COACHING
He works as a dance coach at RHTC Rollstuhltanzsport, a Para dance sport club in Rheine, Germany. (RHTC Rollstuhltanzsport Facebook page, 26 Oct 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 Latin - Duo LWD2  
3 2010 Standard - Duo LWD2  
2 2015 C2 Single  
2 2017 C2 Single  
3 2019 C2 Single  
3 2019 C2 Single Freestyle 24.922