Netherlands mixed double sculls team
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2018, 2017 World Championships – Gold
Annika van der Meer – born 16 December 1985
Corne de Koning – born 27 September 1989
Annika van der Meer and Corne de Koning have proven to be a winning partnership after achieving back-to-back world titles last September in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It was a statement victory, following World Championships gold in their first season together in 2017.
The Dutch duo came to Para rowing via different pathways.
De Koning, who was born with one leg shorter than the other, is the rowing veteran. He first played wheelchair handball but had to switch sports to fulfil his dream of competing at the Paralympics. He came upon rowing through a team-building activity, and that was where his passion began. His rowing career took off in 2012, and his Paralympic debut came at Rio 2016, where he and former partner Esther van der Loos just missed out on a medal.
For van der Meer, her impairment was a result of several accidents. When she was 21, she fell hard while skiing, and successive operations caused further damage to her right leg. She took up rowing in 2015 after an injury to her good leg forced her to give up Para alpine skiing.
The duo’s first competition together was the 2017 World Cup in Poznan, Poland, where they won the gold medal. Their success was no fluke as they went on to win the world title in Sarasota-Bradenton, USA, that same year.
They continued their success in 2018 by capturing both World Cups that included a World Best Time, topped off with the Championship title.