Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Communications, Event Management, Marketing - Johan Cruyff College Nijmegen: Netherlands
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in April 2014 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
"I used to do water polo, but I always wanted to do athletics and preferably in the sprint. Unfortunately, that was not possible due to pain in the stump I had at the time. To get rid of the pain, I decided to have a lower leg amputation. Part of my thinking was the idea of ??being able to do athletics afterwards. I had always wanted to do athletics before my amputation but I never could. So, after that, I had the opportunity to start chasing my dreams."
Club / Team
Nijmegen Atletiek: Netherlands
Name of coach
Arno Mul, NED, from 2017
He trains at the National Sports Centre Papendal in the Netherlands.
Socialising with friends. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para athlete Ronald Hertog. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
British Para athlete Jonnie Peacock. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In May 2016 he received the Talent van de Toekomst [Talent of the Future] Award from Dutch bank ABN Amro. (Instagram profile, 06 May 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 12 Jul 2018; Facebook page, 11 Jul 2018)
He was born without a right foot due to a blood clot developed during pregnancy. In 2007 he underwent limb lengthening surgery on his right leg but the limb later became painful because of inflammation. In 2013 he had the leg amputated below the knee. (maartenskliniek.nl, 2015; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)