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Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthUtrecht, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Utrecht, NED
Athlete, Student
Dutch, English
Higher education
Psychology - Radboud University: Nijmegen, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She had first tried snowboarding in 2010 and was eager to get back on a board following her operation.
Why this sport?
Her brother Jasper got her involved in the sport. "He always wanted to go to the mountains, but I was not able to ski. So he said to me, 'Why don't you try to snowboard?' So I did and I fell in love with the sport."
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED
Training Regime
She trains in Papendal, Netherlands.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (, 21 Mar 2019)
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. (, 13 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live your dream." (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named Sportswoman of the Year for 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Utrecht Sport Awards. She also won the award for 2018. (, 12 Feb 2020;, 29 Mar 2019)
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 26 Mar 2018)
She was born with fibula 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. (, 02 Sep 2013)
Other information
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 that take place 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." (Adaptive Board Chicks Instagram profile, 11 May 2020;, 06 Apr 2020)

She has studied at the Johan Cruyff Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018; Facebook profile, 15 Apr 2016)

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  
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
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