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Thijn Speksnijder

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
Beesd, NED
Occupation
Designer, Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - Avans University of Applied Sciences: 's-Hertogenbosch, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began sit-skiing at age five with the help of his parents. He then developed his skiing at the Association of Disabled Winter Sports [VGW] in Huizen, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
"My father is an avid skier. He used to be a ski instructor. When I was five my father started looking for an opportunity for me to be able to ski too. In the end he came home with a sit-ski."
Name of coach
Falco Teitsma [national], NED
Training Regime
He trains 30 hours a week when in the mountains. He trains 12 hours a week in the Netherlands.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Netherlands
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Legs are overrated." (Instagram profile, 02 Oct 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (sport.talentboek.nl, 03 Apr 2021)
Impairment
He has spina bifida. (bosk.nl, 01 Sep 2012)