Renske van Beek
The Dutch snowboarder shined in her World Cup season debut in 2015-16, winning both the women’s snowboard-cross and the banked slalom SB-UL to finish first in the overall rankings.
The 27-year-old took up the sport in 2015, inspired by compatriot and Paralympic gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee.
Van Beek took up snowboard at the age of 10 after a stroke left the left side of her body paralysed, hoping to snowboard as fast as her brothers and sister.
At the start of 2016-17 season Beek was reclassified to the women's SB-LL2 where she will face the likes of Paralympic champion and double Worlds gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee.
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In April 2019 she and fellow Dutch Para snowboarder Lisa Bunschoten launched Adaptive Board Chicks, a series of training camps for female Para snowboarders that take place in various locations in Europe. "I don't think Para snowboard is really out there yet. It's not like everybody knows us and it's still such a small sport. We can really grow and be a bigger sport. Snowboard is helping me to grow as a person and to be the best version of myself, to do something really cool and be part of something cool. Now [speaking in early 2020] I'm at that point that I can share the snowboarding and that feels so, so good." (Adaptive Board Chicks Instagram profile, 11 May 2020; paralympic.org, 06 Apr 2020)
She works as a communications officer at a medical rehabilitation company in The Hague, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)
After studying at ROC Mondriaan in The Hague, Netherlands, she studied communications and multimedia design at The Hague University of Applied Sciences from 2009 to 2010. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)
|Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-04||4|
|Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2017-02-07||5|
|Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-12||4|
|Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Final||2018-03-16||4|
|Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2||Race 1||2019-03-27||5|
|Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2||Race 1||2019-03-30||4|