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Ferry
Weertman
NetherlandsNetherlands, NED
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
27 June 1992
Family
Partner Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Residence
Eindhoven, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Bussum, Netherlands. He took up open water swimming at age 17.
Why this sport?
His brother was swimming and he thought it looked like fun. He was encouraged to take up open water swimming after he failed to qualify for the 800m freestyle at the 2009 European Junior Championships.
Club / Team
Otters Het Gooi: Bussum, NED
Name of coach
Marcel Wouda [national], NED; Thijs Hagelstein [national]
Coach from which country?
Netherlands
Training Regime
He trains six times a week on dry land, which includes yoga and abdominal exercises.

International Debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
Olympic Games Qualifying
Location
Setúbal, POR

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching TV. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 04 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Marcel Wouda. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Maarten van der Weijden. (Athlete, 10 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is not my enemy, it's my call to greatness." (Facebook page, 07 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named 2017 Open Water Male Swimmer of the Year by online swimming magazine Swimswam. He won the same award in both 2014 and 2016. (swimswam.com, 24 Dec 2017)

In 2017 he received a Long-Term Performance Award from the Dutch Swimming Federation. (fina.org, 10 Aug 2017)

He received the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award in 2016. (fina.org, 04 Dec 2016)

He was voted the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 07 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Ranomi Kromowidjojo has represented the Netherlands in swimming, and won five gold medals at the 2017 European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Instagram profile, 31 May 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ad.nl, 04 Jul 2017)