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Joel de Jong

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63

Further personal information

Residence
Amsterdam, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Physiotherapy - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para athletics in 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, before joining the AV Hollandia club in Hoorn, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
He used to play football but kept breaking his prosthetic leg. His prosthetic maker advised him to go along to the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where there was an opportunity to try out a running blade. "I wasn't into athletics but I didn't want to disappoint my prosthetic maker so I went along. I was invited, together with 11 other children from all over the Netherlands, to participate in a small competition during the European championships in Amsterdam. We were given a blade, on which we were also allowed to train that summer. It felt like a liberation."
Club / Team
AV Hollandia: Hoorn, NED
Name of coach
Frank Dik, NED, from 2016; Guido Bonsen, NED, from 2016
Training Regime
He trains 10 times a week at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, listening to music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; hva.nl, 16 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T63 100m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (hva.nl, 16 Feb 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and coaches Frank Dik and Guido Bonsen. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
German Para athlete Heinrich Popow. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other sports
He has played amputee tennis at national youth level. (harlingenboeit.nl, 08 May 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Jelke has played tennis at national junior level. (harlingenboeit.nl, 08 May 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (omropfryslan.nl, 08 Jan 2018; hva.nl, 16 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In 2007 his left leg was amputated above the knee due to bone cancer [Ewing sarcoma]. (harlingenboeit.nl, 06 Jun 2017; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; Facebook page, 06 Aug 2021)