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Olivier van de Voort

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
's-Hertogenbosch, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was involved in swimming before his accident in 2009. He began Para swimming during his rehabilitation.
Why this sport?
Before his accident he was into sports like swimming, football, tennis and horse riding. After a six-month period of rehabilitation, he learned to walk and swim again. He joined his former swimming club, DZ and PC Drachten, and says he now swims even faster than before his accident. He also took up the sport because he feels free in the water.
Club / Team
Bossche Zwemvereniging [BZV]: 's-Hertogenbosch, NED

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S10 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (stellingwerfcollege.nl, 28 Feb 2017)
Injuries
In April 2017 he required surgery after he was diagnosed with appendicitis. (zwemkroniek.com, 05 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2011 Young Person of the Year by the youth magazine '7Days' in the Netherlands. (jeugdjournaal.nl, 20 Jan 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (stellingwerfcollege.nl, 28 Feb 2017)
Impairment
He was involved in a horse riding accident in 2009 that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee. (sevendays.nl, 13 Nov 2014; nieuweooststellingwerver.nl, 11 Jan 2011)
Other information
EARLY LIFE
He lived in Vietnam for the first three years of his life before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia, at age six with his family. He spent three years in Jakarta, where he attended the Netherlands International School [NIS]. (sporttop.nl, 2015)

BOOK
In 2011 a book titled 'Kampioen' [Champion] was published in the Netherlands about his accident and life story. (corienoranje.nl, 26 May 2015; eo.nl, 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-12 10
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-13 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2013-08-15 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2013-08-17 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2013-08-17 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2015-07-16 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2015-07-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-18 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-18 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-19 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2016-09-10 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2016-09-11 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-13 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-15 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 5