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    Lisa Bunschoten

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    Netherlands Netherlands Para snowboard 23 November 1995


    female Para snowboarder Lisa Bunschoten


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification SB-LL2
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Utrecht, NED
    Occupation Athlete, Student
    Languages Dutch, English
    Higher education Psychology - Radboud University: Nijmegen, NED
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She had first tried snowboarding in 2010 and was eager to get back on a board following her operation.
    Why this sport? Her brother Jasper got her involved in the sport. "He always wanted to go to the mountains, but I was not able to ski. So he said to me, 'Why don't you try to snowboard?' So I did and I fell in love with the sport."
    Name of coach Frank Germann [national], NED
    Training Regime She trains in Papendal, Netherlands.
    General Interest
    Most influential person in career Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (paralympic.org, 21 Mar 2019)
    Injuries She suffered a cut to her cheek after colliding with her Dutch teammate Bibian Mentel in the women's SB-LL2 snowboard cross final at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She got up to win the silver medal, while Mentel claimed gold. The medal ceremony was delayed for one day as Bunschoten had to go to hospital after the race for treatment. (teamnl.org, 13 Mar 2018)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Live your dream." (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018)
    Awards and honours She was named Sportswoman of the Year for 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Utrecht Sport Awards. She also won the award for 2018. (ad.nl, 12 Feb 2020; sportprijs-utrecht.nl, 29 Mar 2019)
    Ambitions To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ad.nl, 26 Mar 2018)
    Impairment She was born with fibula aplasia, which caused her left leg to grow shorter than her right. A frame was attached to the limb when she was young, and she also had surgery to try and lengthen it. She eventually made the decision to have her left foot amputated, and the operation was performed six days after her 16th birthday. (lisabunschoten.nl, 02 Sep 2013)
    Other information ADAPTIVE BOARD CHICKS
    In April 2019 she and fellow Dutch Para snowboarder Renske van Beek launched Adaptive Board Chicks, a series of training camps for female Para snowboarders that take place in various locations in Europe. "Renske and I had the idea that we have to do something ourselves. We really want to inspire other girls to ride, not only in competitions but just ride and have fun, so that's how it started. At first we were thinking only about a camp, but then we wanted to make a whole platform for inspiring. Maybe some girls think that board sports are a little bit more extreme and a little bit more for guys, but I don't think that's true because it's super fun, so why not try it? Maybe some people also don't know that there are competitions and it is possible for people with a disability to ride on a snowboard, and what we really want to do is to show everybody that snowboarding is for everybody." (Adaptive Board Chicks Instagram profile, 11 May 2020; paralympic.org, 06 Apr 2020)

    She has studied at the Johan Cruyff Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018; Facebook profile, 15 Apr 2016)

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