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VAN DORPE Roswitha
Sport Para dance sport, Wheelchair Fencing
NPC Belgium   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
L&F2, SC1
Further Personal Information
Husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para dance sport in 2016.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try either wheelchair rugby or Para dance sport while rehabilitating from a car accident. "Rugby is not my sport. I prefer dancing. It's a little more elegant."
General Interest
Other sports
She represented Belgium in wheelchair fencing at the 2019 World Championships in Cheongju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Nov 2019;, 31 Mar 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe has competed as her dancing partner. (, 21 Sep 2017)
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Later, she was involved in a car accident and now uses a wheelchair as a result of her injuries. (, 21 Sep 2017)
Other information
She competes together with her husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe. "You can dance either at 70 or 80 years old in a wheelchair, and we wanted to learn to dance together at a party like during the marriage of our children. So we started with wheelchair dancing. My husband is very competitive. We are not the best, but we are one of the couples that train the most. I think we always have fun. Most of the younger people are very serious and think too much. We take great pleasure in dancing." (, 21 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Wheelchair Fencing
Rank Year Event Result
26 2019 Individual Epee B  
23 2019 Individual Sabre B  
23 2019 Individual Foil B  
World Ranking (Overall) - Wheelchair Fencing
Rank Year Event Result
35 2019 Individual Epee B 12
35 2019 Individual Foil B 8
42 2019 Individual Sabre B 4
29 2020 Individual Epee B 30
28 2020 Individual Foil B 26
24 2020 Individual Sabre B 22
28 2021 Individual Epee B 38
24 2021 Individual Foil B 42
24 2021 Individual Sabre B 38
27 2022 Individual Epee B 38
24 2022 Individual Foil B 46
18 2022 Individual Sabre B 56
World Championships - Para dance sport
Rank Year Event Result
12 2017 C1/5D Combi Standard  
6 2017 C1 Single  
7 2017 C1/5D Combi Freestyle 16.416
4 2017 C1 Single Freestyle 18.377
14 2019 C1/5D Combi Standard  
13 2019 C1 Single  
16 2019 C1/5D Combi Freestyle 15.770
10 2019 C1 Single Freestyle 15.863