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BRUINSMA Liesette
Sport Para swimming
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age18
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wommels, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para swimming in 2011.
Club / Team
HZ&PC Heerenveen: Netherlands
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national]
Training Regime
She trains six days per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Glasgow, SCO
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to audio books. (lc.nl, 19 Dec 2015)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para swimmer Lisette Teunissen. (talentboek.nl, 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to show the world that you can have an impairment and be an elite athlete." (Omrop Fryslan Youtube Channel, 30 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Dutch Sport Federation. (omropfryslan.nl, 22 Dec 2016)

She was named as 2016 Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Friesland, Netherlands. (hzpc-heerenveen.nl, 16 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 13 Jul 2018)
Other information
DOCUMENTARY
Film director Jesse Bleekemolen is working on a documentary about her swimming career. He will follow her in the lead-up to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (telegraaf.nl, 02 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:30.58
1 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:15.08 
3 2016 50m Freestyle S11 31.23 
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:25.81
3 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:08.55
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:49.87 
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:30.82
1 2016 400m Freestyle S11 5:20.14
2 2016 50m Freestyle S11 31.22
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:54.17
1 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:25.47
3 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:09.85
2 2018 50m Freestyle S11 30.54
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:26.60
1 2018 400m Freestyle S11 5:04.74
1 2018 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:46.58
1 2018 100m Freestyle S11 1:05.14
6 2018 100m Butterfly S12 1:22.28