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    Renske van Beek

    Netherlands Netherlands Para snowboard 25 April 1989

    Netherlands

    Renske van Beek

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Classification SB-LL2
    Further Personal Information
    Residence The Hague, NED
    Occupation Athlete, Communications Professional, Marketing
    Languages Dutch, English, German
    Higher education Communications, Marketing
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She began snowboarding after recovering from her 2010 stroke. 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 Metten Maas [national], NED
    Training Regime During the year she does strength, conditioning and balance training at Live PT in Wassenaar, Netherlands. Her snowboard training takes place in the Alps.
    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, 11 Jan 2016; paralympic.org, 20 Dec 2016)
    Memorable sporting achievement Finishing on the podium at a World Cup event in Trentino, Italy. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
    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 She was involved in a car accident at age 15 which injured the ligaments in her left knee. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2017)
    Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016; Instagram profile, 08 Jan 2018; livept.nl, 31 Mar 2017)
    Impairment Her left arm and leg are paralysed due to a stroke in 2010. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)

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