Luzdary van Wanum

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Capelle aan den IJssel, NED
Languages
Dutch, English, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - Albeda College: Rotterdam, NED

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She practised various sports and was a promising footballer before being diagnosed with a brain tumour at age 12. She wanted to remain involved in sports after her treatment and continued to play football as well as trying cycling, before deciding to focus on Para athletics.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Swansea, WAL

General interest

Nicknames
Luz (Youtube.com, 07 Jul 2013)
Hobbies
Football. (Facebook profile, 18 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''Always focus on the positives things in life.'' (Facebook profile, 18 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with a brain tumour at age 12. The tumour was removed but resulted in nerve damage that causes spasms in her right arm and both legs. (rijndam.nl, 23 Jul 2015)
Other information
TRAINING OVERLOAD
After making her international debut at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales, she found she was having increasing difficulty walking. After an MRI scan found nothing, she went to a rehabilitation specialist where she was told she needed to get sufficient rest between training sessions. "I was getting spasms and a paralysing sensation in my back. I found my complaints were a result of overload. I was doing too much and wanted to do even more. I had to learn to find a balance." (rijndam.nl, 23 Jul 2015)