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Joris Verdonk

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9-1

Further personal information

Residence
Eindhoven, NED
Occupation
Student
Languages
Dutch, English, German
Higher education
Sports Marketing - Fontys University of Applied Sciences: Tilburg, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para skiing at age six at an indoor ski centre in Westerhoven, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
"From the moment I started skiing I got an extra motivation because I wanted to be better and stronger."

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier. (jorisverdonk.nl, 03 Nov 2012)
Injuries
He sustained a concussion in March 2018 following an accident during a training session. He returned to competition in December 2018. (Facebook page, 12 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just have fun." (nskiv.org, 31 Oct 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (autismesteunpunt.nl, 01 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He was born prematurely with cerebral palsy, which causes spasms in his left arm and left leg. When exercising, his left side develops a higher muscle tension which can affect his balance and coordination. (adoc.pub, 16 Jul 2013; jorisverdonk.nl, 03 Nov 2012)