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Renske van Beek

Renske van Beek

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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Residence
The Hague, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Communications Professional
Languages
Dutch, English, German
Higher education
Communications, Marketing - ROC Mondriaan: The Hague, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding after recovering from the stroke she had in 2010. Her first experience was in Austria, and she later developed her skills on an indoor ski slope.
Why this sport?
She used to ski prior to her stroke and wanted to take up another snow sport. She loved extreme sports and snowboarding was her favourite. "I couldn't ski properly anymore after the stroke and I always thought snowboarding was cooler."
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Hobbies
Walking in the mountains, surfing, longboarding, spending time with family and friends, golf. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US surfer Bethany Hamilton, Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel, US snowboarder Kevin Pearce. (paralympic.org, 04 Jul 2016)
Injuries
At age 15 she injured the ligaments in her left knee after she was involved in a car accident. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018)
Impairment
Her left arm and left leg are paralysed due to a stroke in 2010. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Other information
ADAPTIVE BOARD CHICKS
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)

OCCUPATION
She works as a communications officer at a medical rehabilitation company in The Hague, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 4
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 4
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 4
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 5
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 4