- National Federation
- Koninklijke Nederlandse Klim- en Bergsportvereniging
When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
I don’t think my memories reach that far back…
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I think variation has always been the most important for me. The combination of rock climbing, alpine adventures and competition climbing has kept me motivated throughout the years.
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
Of course injuries are a part of the package for most athletes. I’ve had my fair share of sitting on the couch involuntarily, but lots of patience and good care have got me through.
What influenced you to start competing?
The instinctive feeling to get the best out of myself, to look for my limits and see what is possible. To challenge yourself with others similar to you only helped throughout the process.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
Many climbing partners. The few people I started climbing with in the Netherlands, the friends I’ve made along the way, and not the least the Innsbruck climbing scene and my girlfriend Katha Saurwein
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
Dedication, motivation and perseverance, but never forget to have fun along the way.
- all that involves mountains. I read a lot, play some piano.