Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Dutch, English, French
Communications - Artevelde University College: Ghent, BEL
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 25 at the Vlierzele Sportief club in Belgium.
Why this sport?
He contacted Parantee VZW, a sports federation for people with an impairment in Flanders, Belgium, and asked them to help him find a sport. "I had always been active in sports. I was a [football] goalkeeper before [the accident]. After my car crash I experienced insomnia. I started working on my fitness, but it didn't help with sleeping. Besides football, I had felt something for athletics, especially long jump. After my first training session, I had achieved my goal. My insomnia was over."
Club / Team
Vlierzele Sportief: Belgium
Spending time with family. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mieke van Thuyne. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
His brothers Koen and Mattis. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
He sustained a 2cm muscle tear while competing at the 2019 Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Pajot Sport Facebook page, 28 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Mens sana in corpore sano." [A healthy mind in a healthy body] (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
He played football at youth level for Belgian clubs Eendracht Aalst, Anderlecht and Beveren. (nieuws.verkeeropschool.be, 05 May 2014)
His older brothers Koen and Mattis have both played professional football at club level in Belgium. (voetbalkrant.com, 07 May 2017; transfermarkt.nl, 01 May 2011)
He was involved in a car crash at age 19 after he fell asleep while driving home from a party. He sustained a brain injury in the incident and was in a coma for a month. The injury resulted in hemiplegia on his right side. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; nieuws.verkeeropschool.be, 05 May 2014)