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Nikita den Boer

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Haarlem, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Health Studies - Nova College: Haarlem, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2013 in Haarlem, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She initially tried sprinting before switching to distance events. "I tried it once [long distance] and my coach and I discovered that I am actually much better at it."
Club / Team
KAV Holland: Haarlem, NED
Name of coach
Arno Mul [national], NED
Training Regime
She trains three times a week at the National Olympic Training Centre in Papendal, Netherlands.

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
World Marathon Championships
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Nicknames
Kitaaatje (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 2020 London Marathon in England. (kavholland.nl, 04 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2017 she suffered from biceps problems in both her arms for more than three months. (Instagram profile, 28 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live every day like it's your last." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (kavholland.nl, 04 Oct 2020)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair since she was age 13. (intermobiel.com, 01 Feb 2011)