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Noelle Roorda

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Residence
Amstelveen, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies, Sports and Recreation - ROC Top Sports Academy: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2016.
Why this sport?
She was discovered by Dutch Para athlete Marlene van Gansewinkel during a Para athletics talent day. "[At the talent day] I played badminton and table tennis, because I had played tennis all my life. The fourth round was a free round and for that I actually wanted to choose archery, which seemed super cool to me. But when I wanted to fill up my water bottle, Marlene van Gansewinkel tapped me. She told me who she was and asked what I was going to do in the last round. She said I should come to athletics because I have long legs and I am thin."
Club / Team
AV Phanos: Amsterdam, NED
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
Noot [Dutch for 'nuts'. "My family always called me Noot at home. A while ago my team and I were training in the dunes. My parents joined. When I ran uphill, my mum said 'come on Noot.' My coach looked at me and said, 'What did your mom say?' From that moment on my nickname is Noot." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Playing tennis, board games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Guido Bonsen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German javelin thrower Thomas Rohler. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
Illness disrupted her training ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (atletiek.nl, 05 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''Your impairment is only a problem if you make a problem of it. Think in possibilities, not in impossibilities.'' (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; stichtingpara-atletiek.org, 2018)
Other sports
She has played tennis at national youth level in the Netherlands. (dutchtennisfoundation.com, 29 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
Her younger brother Fabian Roorda has played tennis at national youth level in the Netherlands. (dutchtennisfoundation.com, 29 Nov 2016; TAMN Facebook page, 17 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (atletiek.nl, 05 Nov 2019; stichtingpara-atletiek.org, 2018)
Impairment
She was born without her right forearm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
SWITCHING DISCIPLINE
She trained in sprint events after taking up Para athletics in 2016 before switching to javelin in 2018. "[Sprinting] turned out not to be a great success. I had never done athletics before so I had no idea if I could really do it. Last year [2018], after the European Championships in Berlin, we changed the training and started doing fun things for a month where we could try other events like javelin, discus, and high jump. I had been saying for a long time that javelin seemed so much fun to me. And when I threw [the javelin] for the first time, my coach said, 'Wow, Noelle! Do that again'. So I threw a javelin two or three times and then I said to my coach, 'I don't know what you think, but I'm going to be a javelin thrower, period'. After that we completely changed my schedule and since then I have completely opted for javelin throwing." (Team Para Atletiek Facebook page, 07 Jun 2020; atletiek.nl, 05 Nov 2019; unieksporten.nl, 31 Oct 2019)