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KOEK Merijn
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthEindhoven, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Utrecht, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Manager
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Marketing - Johan Cruyff College: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para snowboard at age 14.
Why this sport?
He initially did Para skiing for two years before taking up Para snowboard. He used the sport as a way to challenge himself.
General Interest
Injuries
He suffered a knee injury less than three weeks before the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, but recovered in time to compete at the event in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Mar 2014; omroepbrabant.nl, 13 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He was born without both forearms and his right leg. (stichtingabs.nl, 04 Feb 2011)
Other information
STOLEN PROSTHESIS
In November 2018 thieves stole some of his snowboarding equipment, including the prosthetic leg he uses in competition, after breaking into his car in Utrecht, Netherlands. He set up a crowdfunding campaign to try and replace the prosthesis. "I really cannot do without it. The thing is that the thieves really have absolutely nothing, because the prosthesis is completely tailor-made for me. Nobody else in the world can use it. I had this leg for a month, it was brand new." (indebuurt.nl, 28 Nov 2018; ad.nl, 05 Nov 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a project manager for the Mentelity Foundation, a charity set up by Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee to promote winter sports for people with an impairment. (Facebook profile, 03 Dec 2018; LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied psychology at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
13 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:22.22
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
14 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:01.41
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
12 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
16 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:26.29
18 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 2:25.97
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
17 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing