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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
20 August 1990
180 cm
72 kg
Partner Ferry Weertman
Eindhoven, NED
Dutch, English
Higher education
Business Administration, Communications - Business School Notenboom: Eindhoven, NED

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age three on a family holiday in Spain. She began swimming competitively at age seven in Groningen, Netherlands.
Why this sport?
She got her first swimsuit at age three while on a family holiday in Spain. She stood at the edge of the pool and jumped in thinking that as she had a swimsuit she'd automatically be able to swim. Her mother and grandmother were scared to death, but she surfaced and her love for swimming began.
Name of coach
Marcel Wouda [national], NED; Patrick Pearson [personal], from 2014

International Debut

Competing for
European Championships
Budapest, HUN

General Interest

Kromo (, 10 Aug 2017)
She competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a back problem. She sustained the injury during a pre-Games training camp in London, England. (, 02 Nov 2016)

In July 2010 she was diagnosed with viral meningitis while training with the Dutch national team in the Canary Islands, Spain. (, 29 Jul 2010)

She suffered an elbow injury at the 2008 World Short Course Championships in Manchester, England, and had to withdraw from the 100m freestyle event. (, 04 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be yourself." (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2012 European Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (, 18 Feb 2013)

She was named the 2011 and 2012 Netherlands Sportswoman of the Year. (, 18 Dec 2012;, 13 Dec 2011)

She was the winner of the 2008 Dutch Olympic Committee [NOCNSF] Sports Talent of the Year. (, 08 Jun 2008)

She has been named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. (Facebook page, 14 Aug 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Ferry Weertman won gold in the 10km open water swimming event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Aug 2017; Instagram profile, 14 Aug 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 10 Aug 2017)
Other information
She was disappointed after ending the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro without a medal, but returned to form a year later taking four medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "I knew for sure that I could swim faster than I did in Rio. Now I have shown it. I never doubted it. It sometimes goes with ups and downs, that can happen occasionally. It was also not bad what I showed in Rio. You should not let your head hang and be grumpy for the rest of your life if you do not win gold or medal." (, 30 Jul 2017)

In September 2017 she had a tonsillectomy. "I had inflammations for many years, which was very annoying. But most important, every year, it would cost me about four weeks of training and always with unexpected timing. So I hope from now on I won't have those complaints anymore." She had to miss 12 days of training after the procedure. (, 19 Sep 2017)

She has served as an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF]. (Facebook page, 30 Nov 2016)