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Simon Boer

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Amersfoort, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Economics, Sports Management, Sports Marketing - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para swimming at age 10.

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Hobbies
Watching football and supporting Dutch team Feyenoord. (Twitter profile, 23 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
Dutch Para swimmers Marc Evers and Michael Schoenmaker. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Injuries
He was unable to compete for six months in 2011 due to glandular fever. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I feel that I once suffered from my impairment. I have always exercised a lot and never felt sorry or inadequate. I don't do elite sport just to prove something or to feel better about myself. I just really enjoy it." (hvana.nl, 20 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2013 Sportsman of the Year in Elburg, Netherlands. (Facebook page, 22 Apr 2015)
Impairment
He was born with femur fibula ulna [FFU] syndrome, which led to the amputation of both his legs. (zwemkroniek.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In July 2020 he retired from Para swimming to work as a marketing and communications board member for a foundation in Amersfoort, Netherlands, which helps people with impairments and chronic illnesses participate in sport. He later took a part-time role as communications officer for the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOC*NSF]. "I am delighted and proud that I can take my experiences as an athlete and resident of Amersfoort with me and apply them as a board member of the Onbeperkt Amersfoort foundation. I strive to use my passion to make a positive contribution to the emancipation of people with disabilities in Amersfoort." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Feb 2021; destadamersfoort.nl, 29 Jul 2020)

FINDING HIS STROKE
He said that his focus on breaststroke was the result of research into the best stroke and technique for his abilities. "I have experimented a lot with coaches to discover the ideal stroke for my body. I have a lot of strength in my arms and can make long strokes. In addition, I use a different technique with my legs than usual for breaststroke. I pull them far below my body and then fold them out explosively." (hvana.nl, 20 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Heat 1 7
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 6
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 13
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2013-08-13 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-14 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2013-08-14 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2013-08-17 12
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2015-07-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2015-07-19 16
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2016-09-10 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 5