Interview Marije Marije lost her leg, when she was twelve years, because she had a tumor in her leg. Marije smits 19 years
Marije now does athletic far-jumping. She trains six times a week. She trains on a normal athletics course. She has a special prothese for sport and an extra one for normal days. This is a picture of her sport prothese. It is very expensive to buy materials, so she is very dependant on her sponsors. They provide her with some money, her prothese and clothes. She has also played in the paralympics 2004, but she aims to achieve more next time in 2008. Her goal now is the World Championship in Assen.
Obstacles in her life She thinks that she doenst really have a handicap. She just has a little more trouble with things than people without a handicap. The only thing she wont be able to do is ballroom dancing. According to her, she didnt really have obstacles in her life. Her family supported her very much, and she was very strong minded.
Statistics Level of handicap Total percentage Total amount Light13,3%1.945.000 Medium6,7%980.000 Severe3,5%512.000 Level of handicap 6-19 years20-64 years65+ Light6,5%176.00012,8%1.267.0 00 23,8%480.000 Medium 2,154.000 5,0%495.00020,6%415.000 Severe1,8%178.00015,7%512.000
Interview Cefas Cefas Bouwman 25 years When he was 13 years old he had a car accident that caused 4 bone fractures in his right leg, and a damaged meniscus. There was a change of revalidation but he felt and broke his hip, and demolished his knee.
Before Cefas became fully handicaped, he was an accountant, but now he is a 25 year old fulltime handbiker. He became so good at it, because he practised a lot. Now Cefas trains 20 hours a week. He earns enough money with handbiking to make it his primary income. The sponsors pay for his sporting equipment as well.
Obstacles in his life Just like Marije, he doesnt really think he has a lot of obstacles in his life. He got the handicap when he was young, so he learned to grow up with it. He taught himself some tricks to deal with the obstacles he might encounter.
Sport achievements Highlights of his career 1999:First European Championship (EC) 2000: Dutch champion of a roadrace 2001: Silver during EC timetrial Bronze during EC roadrace 2002:Bronze during World Championship timetrial 2004: Dutch champion timetrial first national title 2x 4th at the Paralympics in Athene 2005: Dutch champion timetrail European champion