Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Dutch, English, German
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."
Hero / Idol
Austrian alpine skier Hermann Maier. (jorisverdonk.nl, 03 Nov 2012)
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)
To compete at 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (autismesteunpunt.nl, 01 Jan 2019)
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)