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Max Gerets

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried Para athletics in 2014 in Papendal, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
He attended a talent identification day in Papendal, Netherlands. He was invited back for a second round and was subsequently invited to join the national team.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hero / Idol
US Para snowboarder Amy Purdy, Dutch wheelchair racer Kenny van Weeghel. (Facebook page, 14 Nov 2017; readytosport.nl, 09 Oct 2017)
Injuries
Injury prevented him from qualifying for the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Facebook page, 26 Aug 2018)

A fall during training in October 2016 injured his left hand, which was in plaster for several weeks. (Facebook page, 09 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''There's no such thing as can't.'' (readytosport.nl, 09 Oct 2017)
Other sports
He has also played wheelchair tennis at youth level. (readytosport.nl, 09 Oct 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, and to compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (readytosport.nl, 09 Oct 2017; Instagram profile, 02 Jun 2020)
Impairment
In 2000 he contracted meningococcal septicaemia [blood poisoning], resulting in him having both of his legs and seven of his fingers amputated. (maxgerets.com, 01 Jan 2019)
Other information
FOUNDATION
In February 2018 he established the Max Gerets Foundation to support his career and promote Para sport. (maxgerets.com, 01 Jan 2019)