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DIRKS Bas
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthThe Hague, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SB-LL
Further Personal Information
Residence
The Hague, NED
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Dutch, English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2005.
Why this sport?
He met Dutch para-snowboarder Bibian Mentel at a wakeboarding clinic, and she invited him to train with her Mentelity Foundation para-snowboarding team.
Club / Team
Mentelity Foundation: Netherlands
Name of coach
Edwin Spee [club], NED; Frank Germann [national]
General Interest
Hobbies
Climbing, skateboarding, surfing. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)
Injuries
He broke his left leg in 2013. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)

He broke his left ankle while snowboarding in 2011. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)
Impairment
He was born without the lower part of his right leg. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)
Other information
COACH
He works as an outdoor instructor at Green Adventures Sports Centre in Katwijk, Netherlands. He has also taught snowboarding in Austria and surfing in Spain. (Facebook profile, 04 Feb 2015; Facebook page, 31 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
10 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:37.45