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Olivier Hendriks



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 12 in Delft, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
When he was younger he competed in able-bodied football before switching to Para athletics. He was then invited to an event at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he was scouted for the Dutch Paralympic talent team. "I enjoyed it more than football and people told me I was quite good at it."
Training Regime
He trains four to five times a week on the track with Rotterdam Athletics, and has two sessions a week at the Olympic Training Centre in Papendal, Netherlands.

General interest

Sports, gaming. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coaches Fynn van Buuren and Brendan Troost. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para sprinter Hunter Woodhall. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for the Netherlands at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 02 Nov 2019)
He was born without the fibula bones in his legs and malformed feet. Both limbs have since been amputated. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 01 Nov 2015)
Other information
He uses online distance learning to catch up on school classes he misses due to his sporting career. He is also assisted by coach Arno Mul, who previously worked as a teacher. "I don't do much for school, although I have to do my best this year [speaking in 2019] to pass with better grades. I catch up by following the online teaching material and doing my homework, among other things. [Mul] was also a teacher, so he is allowed to test me." (, 06 Nov 2019)