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Roswitha Van Dorpe

Para dance sport


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
L&F2, SC1

Further personal information

Husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in Para dance sport in 2016.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try either wheelchair rugby or Para dance sport while rehabilitating from a car accident. "Rugby is not my sport. I prefer dancing. It's a little more elegant."

General interest

Other sports
She represented Belgium in wheelchair fencing at the 2019 World Championships in Cheongju, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Nov 2019;, 31 Mar 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe has competed as her dancing partner. (, 21 Sep 2017)
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Later, she was involved in a car accident and now uses a wheelchair as a result of her injuries. (, 21 Sep 2017)
Other information
She competes together with her husband Jean-Claude van Dorpe. "You can dance either at 70 or 80 years old in a wheelchair, and we wanted to learn to dance together at a party like during the marriage of our children. So we started with wheelchair dancing. My husband is very competitive. We are not the best, but we are one of the couples that train the most. I think we always have fun. Most of the younger people are very serious and think too much. We take great pleasure in dancing." (, 21 Sep 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Malle 2017 World Para Dance Sport World Championships (Malle, Belgium)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Combi Freestyle Class 1 Final 2017-10-21 7
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 6
Women's Single Freestyle Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 4
Combi Standard Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 12