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A Dutch swimmers celebrates winning gold at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships

Chantalle Zijderveld

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Amersfoort, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six, and started competing in able-bodied swimming the following year after watching a competitive team train next to her in a pool. She switched to Para swimming after being disqualified from multiple events. "At the age of ten I was already 11th in the Netherlands among able-bodied swimmers. Because I was often disqualified on the breaststroke, as you have to tap with both hands, I ended up in the Paralympic world."
Why this sport?
She was inspired to compete at an elite level in Para swimming after volunteering at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. "I realised that I also wanted to be as fast as the athletes who were competing there, and win medals at the highest level. The athletes just inspired me that much."
Club / Team
ZPC Amersfoort: Netherlands
Name of coach
Sander Nijhuis [national], NED; Bram Dekker [national], NED
Training Regime
She trains 27 hours a week. "I now do shorter, but heavier training sessions. Because I swim less distances, I have more energy left. I can put that energy into swimming better in the important and heavier sets. I already notice the effect because I can pay much more attention to my technique. Because I am fresher, I can get more out of my training and I swim better."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (ad.nl, 17 Dec 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming has been very important to me because when I'm swimming I feel free, and I don't feel like I'm impaired. When I'm in the water, swimming is not that hard for me.” (paralympic.org, 12 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was nominated for Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Netherlands Olympic Committee and Netherlands Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. (Instagram profile, 01 Dec 2019)

In 2014 she received a Sporting Talent award in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands. (weekbladdebrug.nl, 21 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ad.nl,17 Dec 2020)
Impairment
She was born without her right hand. In 2013 she was diagnosed with scoliosis and had an issue with her shoulder, which limits the range of motion in her back and shoulder. (chantallezijderveld.org, 03 Apr 2019; zwem4daagse.nl, 10 Jun 2014)
Other information
AVENGING RIO
She said she is aiming to win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo to make up for her failure to win the S9 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she finished third. "Even though it wasn't the competition that I had hoped for, Rio was very special for me because it helped me to realise that you can't always win. I was there to get the gold medal, but I had a lot of insecurities because I had won a couple of things and I felt that I had to prove something. I wasn't too scared at first, but when you keep winning medals, you just feel the pressure. And that's why Rio taught me a lot, and that's why I continue to swim because I didn't win there." (paralympic.org, 12 Jan 2020)

PROMOTING PARA SPORT
She created her own website to promote her swimming and the image of Para sports in general. "When I was young people were not very nice, especially because I didn't have a hand. I was very insecure and because I got bullied, I think it taught me to speak up and to just be myself. People with a disability are often seen as a kind of stereotype, but Para athletes also train day in, day out, in my case 27 hours a week. Para sport must become more sexy to become more well known. From time to time I like to let my creativity flow on my website, and put something beautiful together." (paralympic.org, 12 Jan 2020; chantallezijderveld.org, 03 Apr 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has been an ambassador for the Johan Cruyff Foundation in the Netherlands since age 14. (LinkedIn profile, 31 Dec 2020; chantallezijderveld.org, 03 Apr 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final 1 2013-08-14 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2013-08-14 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2013-08-15 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 7
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-13 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2015-07-14 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2015-07-14 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final 1 2015-07-15 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2015-07-15 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-18 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-18 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2016-09-08 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-09 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2016-09-11 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2016-09-12 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2016-09-13 3