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BUNSCHOTEN Lisa
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthUtrecht, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Chris Vos
Residence
Zuidoostbeemster, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Psychology - Radboud University: Nijmegen, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding at age 13 on an indoor slope in the Netherlands and in Austria. She was eager to get back on a board following her operation at age 16.
Why this sport?
Her brother Jasper suggested she try snowboarding. "As a family we wanted to go on a winter holiday but I couldn't find ski boots that would fit me, so my brother came up with the idea of trying snowboard boots and that worked. After trying snowboarding I really liked it and fell in love with the sport."
Name of coach
Pepijn van Schijndel [snowboard, national], NED; Hansjoerg Berger [snowboard, national], AUT
General Interest
Hobbies
Outdoor sports. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in snowboard cross and bronze in banked slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and claiming gold at the world championships. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (paralympic.org, 21 Mar 2019)
Injuries
She suffered a cut to her cheek after colliding with her Dutch teammate Bibian Mentel in the women's SB-LL2 snowboard cross final at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She got up to win the silver medal, while Mentel claimed gold. The medal ceremony was delayed for one day as Bunschoten had to go to hospital after the race for treatment. (teamnl.org, 13 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have fun." (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She and fellow Para snowboarder Chris Vos were named flag bearers for the Netherlands for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamnl.org, 03 Feb 2022)

She was named Sportswoman of the Year for 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Utrecht Sport Awards. She also won the award for 2018. (ad.nl, 12 Feb 2020; sportprijs-utrecht.nl, 29 Mar 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Chris Vos has also represented the Netherlands in Para snowboard and won a silver medal in the SB-LL1 snowboard cross at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2021; Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2021; toyota.nl, 02 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 26 Feb 2022)
Impairment
She was born with fibular aplasia, which caused her left leg to grow shorter than her right. A frame was attached to the limb when she was young, and she also had surgery to try and lengthen it. She eventually made the decision to have her left foot amputated, and the operation was performed six days after her 16th birthday. (lisabunschoten.nl, 02 Sep 2013)
Other information
BEIJING HONOUR
She and her partner, fellow Para snowboarder Chris Vos, were named flag bearers for the Netherlands ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The honour was made even more special for Bunschoten as friends and family of the athletes were not permitted to travel to the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are really proud of this. It will be a very special moment to walk into the stadium with the Dutch flag. It also feels a bit of a reward for our hard work. I feel extra lucky we can share these moments because family and friends cannot come over so we are lucky enough to have each other there. We can stay together in the [Paralympic] Village. I'm really happy to be there together again." (paralympic.org, 26 Feb 2022)

ADAPTIVE BOARD CHICKS
In April 2019 she and fellow Dutch Para snowboarder Renske van Beek launched Adaptive Board Chicks, a series of training camps for female Para snowboarders in various locations in Europe. "Renske and I had the idea that we have to do something ourselves. We really want to inspire other girls to ride, not only in competitions but just ride and have fun, so that's how it started. At first we were thinking only about a camp, but then we wanted to make a whole platform for inspiring. Maybe some girls think that board sports are a little bit more extreme and a little bit more for guys, but I don't think that's true because it's super fun, so why not try it? Maybe some people also don't know that there are competitions and it is possible for people with a disability to ride on a snowboard, and what we really want to do is to show everybody that snowboarding is for everybody." (teamusa.org, 21 Apr 2021; Adaptive Board Chicks Instagram profile, 11 May 2020; paralympic.org, 06 Apr 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 she began studying for a degree in health and nutrition at NTI University in the Netherlands. "I love to have the opportunity to focus on something next to training. It can be hard sometimes but it is pretty flexible and very nice to learn more about those subjects." (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 26 Feb 2022; Instagram profile, 07 Nov 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:45.01
2 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:15.74
1 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 55.73
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
1 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:55.84
2 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:00.04
4 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:19.00
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:06.05
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.12
  2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  DNF
1 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 42.07
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired