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Melle van 't Wout

Netherlands

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTNED11802200001
NOCNetherlands
Born18 Feb 2000 in Laren 
GenderMen
ResidenceSintjohannesga, NED
OccupationStudent
LanguagesDutch
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.831 03 Feb 2019 Dresden  
    1000m 1:26.591 21 Oct 2018 Bormio  
    1500m 2:15.686 17 Mar 2019 Leeuwarden  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay   1    
Social Media
Social Media
vantwoutjes.nl  
www.facebook.com/Melle-Van-t-Wout-577621665996443  
twitter.com/vantwoutjes  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTrias Shorttrack: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHis parents did not want him to go further with ice hockey because he had sustained too many injuries. Coach Wilma Boomstra from Sint Jacobiparochie, Netherlands, then invited him and his younger brother Jens to compete in short track. "It didn't go so well. We applied ice hockey techniques to short track skating and had to get used to it. I don't know how, but she saw talent in us."  
Name of coachJeroen Otter [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began playing ice hockey in 2005 with the Bracebridge Bears club in Ontario, Canada, and got involved in short track at Barrie Speed Skating Club eight years later. He decided to pursue the sport at age 14 after moving back to the Netherlands and joining the Amsterdam Short Track Club Jaap Eden [ASCJE] Piet Broekhuizen.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the Olympic Winter Games. (nocnsf.nl, 01 Jan 2017)  
HobbiesListening to music. (nocnsf.nl, 01 Jan 2017)  
Famous relativesHis younger brother Jens has represented the Netherlands in short track, making his World Cup debut in 2019 in Nagoya, Japan. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Dec 2019; schaatsen.nl, 22 Sep 2019)  
Other informationEARLY DAYS
He moved to Canada at age two, and went on to compete in ice hockey for eight years while he was at school there. However, his parents insisted he quit the sport after he sustained a number of injuries. "I thought ice hockey was a great sport with lots of action and you have to think carefully. It was also a fierce sport with many risks. When I was age 14, for example, I suffered a concussion during a competition. At first I thought that [being told to give up ice hockey] was a shame. I was disappointed and I missed my teammates. Ice hockey is a team sport and within such a team you do everything for each other. We really stood up for each other." (vantwoutjes.nl, 01 Dec 2019; schaatsen.nl, 03 Jan 2019)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 500m24  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1000m46  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m3  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay4  
    2018/2019 Dresden 5000m Relay8  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m12  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m13  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m18  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m21  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1000m23  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m42  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m46  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m70  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m77  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m102  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m109