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VAN BEEK Renske
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthThe Hague, NED
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
The Hague, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Communications Professional
Languages
Dutch, English, German
Higher education
Communications, Marketing - ROC Mondriaan: The Hague, NED
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding after recovering from the stroke she had in 2010. Her first experience was in Austria, and she later developed her skills on an indoor ski slope.
Why this sport?
She used to ski prior to her stroke and wanted to take up another snow sport. She loved extreme sports and snowboarding was her favourite. "I couldn't ski properly anymore after the stroke and I always thought snowboarding was cooler."
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Netherlands
General Interest
Hobbies
Walking in the mountains, surfing, longboarding, spending time with family and friends, golf. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US surfer Bethany Hamilton, Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel, US snowboarder Kevin Pearce. (paralympic.org, 04 Jul 2016)
Injuries
At age 15 she injured the ligaments in her left knee after she was involved in a car accident. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018)
Impairment
Her left arm and left leg are paralysed due to a stroke in 2010. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Other information
ADAPTIVE BOARD CHICKS
In April 2019 she and fellow Dutch Para snowboarder Lisa Bunschoten launched Adaptive Board Chicks, a series of training camps for female Para snowboarders that take place in various locations in Europe. "I don't think Para snowboard is really out there yet. It's not like everybody knows us and it's still such a small sport. We can really grow and be a bigger sport. Snowboard is helping me to grow as a person and to be the best version of myself, to do something really cool and be part of something cool. Now [speaking in early 2020] I'm at that point that I can share the snowboarding and that feels so, so good." (Adaptive Board Chicks Instagram profile, 11 May 2020; paralympic.org, 06 Apr 2020)

OCCUPATION
She works as a communications officer at a medical rehabilitation company in The Hague, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After studying at ROC Mondriaan in The Hague, Netherlands, she studied communications and multimedia design at The Hague University of Applied Sciences from 2009 to 2010. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:30.18
5 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:01.66
4 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:02.21
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:14.89
5 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:23.69
2 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:39.42
2 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 46.84
3 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired