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Chantal Molenkamp

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
In 2009 she was scouted during a Paralympic talent day organised by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation. Swimming is also a good remedy for her illness as she moves easier in the water and has less pain in her muscles and joints.

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Netherlands
Location
Naples, ITA

General interest

Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn. (azpc.nl, 10 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2010/11 Sportswoman of the Year in Alkmaar, Netherlands. (sportloketalkmaar.nl, 30 Sep 2011)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease [MCTD], which affects her immune system. She gets tired easily and has pain in her muscles and joints. (chantalmolenkamp.nl, 07 Apr 2015; azpc.nl, 10 Jul 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from Para-swimming in September 2016. ''Due to health issues and future plans I have decided to retire from swimming. 15 years of competitive swimming and 7 years of Paralympic swimming has given me so much. I'm grateful for the lessons I learned and the adventures and opportunities it gave me. Sometimes it was hard, specially the last year. But l'm proud that, no matter what, I always kept believing in my dream and never gave up. I look back with a big smile on my face realising how special it was to represent my country at two Paralympic Games, where I had the time of my life.'' (Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2016)

FOUNDATION
In January 2013 the Chantal Molenkamp Foundation was founded, and its aim is to offer financial support to para-athletes. (chantalmolenkamp.nl, 12 Apr 2016)

JOB
She works as a make-up artist. (Instagram profile, 07 Feb 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 4
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 8
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 6
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2012-08-31 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-09-06 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-12 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-12 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2013-08-16 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2013-08-18 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-18 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-13 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-13 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-09 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1