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Thijs van den End

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Woerden, NED
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Accounting - University of Applied Sciences Utrecht: Netherlands

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in late 2006 and began competing the following year.
Why this sport?
He began swimming just for rehabilitation, but then realised he was good at it and started to participate in competitions.
Club / Team
ZPC Woerden: Netherlands

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Awards and honours
He was named 2015 Sportsman of the Year in Woerden, Netherlands. (Facebook page, 25 Jun 2018)
Impairment
At age 12 his left leg was amputated following the discovery of a tumour when he was undergoing surgery on his kneecap. (thijsvdend.nl, 2017; Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018)
Other information
CAREER BREAK
He took a two-year break from competitive swimming form 2012 to 2014 after failing to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "After a period of two years without swimming, it started to itch again. The feeling that I had not done everything to get to the Games helped me make a new start." (thijsvdend.nl, 2017)

OTHER STUDIES
He has studied for a bachelor's degree in sports marketing at Johan Cruyff University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He previously studied administration and public management at the University of Amsterdam. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
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 9999