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Maaike Bennink

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B2
Guide
Dennis van Klaveren

Further personal information

Residence
's-Hertogenbosch, NED
Occupation
Massage Therapist
Languages
Dutch, English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first got involved in Para cycling and Para rowing in 2013, and later took up skiing.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to Para skiing through a ski holiday for the visually impaired, arranged by the Dutch Visually Impaired Skiing Association [NVSV].
Training Regime
She trains two times a week. During the summer months she trains at indoor skiing facilities in Landgraaf and Zoetermeer in the Netherlands. During the winter she trains in Switzerland.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling, rowing, salsa dancing, fitness, track cycling. (specialsport.nl, 02 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I know no fear." (bd.nl, 04 Jun 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para cycling track and Para rowing at national level. (rvdehertog.nl, 27 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (bd.nl, 04 Jun 2018)
Impairment
In 2006 she was diagnosed with an optic nerve condition, which has resulted in her having less than 2% vision. (benninksportmassage.nl, 16 Dec 2016; rvdehertog.nl, 27 Feb 2014; bd.nl, 04 Jun 2018)
Other information
CAREER
Prior to the diagnosis of her visual impairment she worked as a nurse and as a youth social worker. As her vision deteriorated, she became interested in sports massage, and started her own massage business in late 2015. "Because I'm an athlete I know what sports massage can do and why it's worth it. That's why I started to work in the area. It's great to be able to make your passion your work." (benninksportmassage.nl, 16 Dec 2016)