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Amber van der Kruk

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Julianadorp, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming as a young girl, following in the footsteps of her sister. At age 11 her parents applied for her to gain classification as a Para swimmer.
Why this sport?
"My older sister Anouk was taking part in swimming competitions, so I was allowed to start training too. Because of my limitation, it has not always been easy, I have difficulty understanding things, which can make it hard to learn technique. But, with a lot of patience, I can succeed."
Club / Team
MSV Zeemacht: Den Helder, NED
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
Training Regime
She trains in the pool for about 15 hours a week.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo. (denhelderactueel.nl, 18 May 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she received the Young Talent Award from the Kristalhelder Foundation in Den Helder, Netherlands. (stichtingkristalhelder.nl, 25 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Anouk has competed in able-bodied swimming at national club level competitions in the Netherlands. (knzb.nl, 10 Feb 2019; knzblive.nl, 09 Apr 2017; denhelderactueel.nl, 09 Feb 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 07 Feb 2020)
Impairment
She was born with an intellectual impairment, and was also affected by epilepsy in her early years. (sport.talentboek.nl, 01 Jan 2018)