|10 Oct 1992
|Physiotherapy - University of Applied Sciences Leiden: Netherlands
|05 Dec 2015
|21 Oct 2008
|05 Dec 2015
|15 Oct 2016
|30 Dec 2016
|Club / Team
|Team Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands
|He has competed in roller speed skating at national level in the Netherlands. (inschrijven.schaatsen.nl, 20 Aug 2022; Instagram profile, 16 May 2022)
|Reason for choosing this sport
|His mother had skated and encouraged him to take up the sport. "When I was age 15, I could skate pretty well, but I wasn't competitive in long track. That's why I started skating marathons."
|Name of coach
|Peter de Vries [club], NED
|When and where did you begin this sport?
|He began skating at age nine.
After he studied for a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden, he completed a master's degree in policy, communication and organisation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam between 2015 and 2017. He has visited schools to speak about goal-setting, which he relates to his own studies and sporting career. "In our sport you see many people who quickly choose skating and have a specific goal. I couldn't commit 100% to skating until I got my diploma. I continued to set goals until I actually became a full-time athlete. And now I'm tackling that again in sport. I try to give them the insight that they must have a dream, a goal. In skating, it is often about the Olympic Games and people think in periods of four years. But how can you start such a long process well if you have no smaller intermediate steps? It is intangible, you become directionless." (LinkedIn profile, 19 Oct 2023; schaatsen.nl, 27 Jun 2023)