My name is Niek, I am 25 years old and I live in Enschede. My passion has always been working on and driving cars. Together with my girlfriend we have participated in several car races. We really like to race!
The reason for my paraplegia is cancer. First I had a tumour in my head, and later two in my spine. The latter ones caused my paraplegia. Luckily, years of chemotherapy worked, and since two years the tumours are gone.
Currently, I am the pilot of the Symbitron+ team to take part in the Cybathlon. I am really motivated to negotiate all the obstacles and I spent hours on training to beat the record times for each of these obstacles using our exoskeleton.
My name is Dennie Jager. I am 24 years old and live in Wagenborgen in Groningen. I have a complete spinal cord injury at the height of my chest (T4/5), because of a one-sided scooter accident in October 2014.
I train with the ReWalk exoskeleton, in addition to my full job at Avebe. This is made possible by the foundation Walk On. Walk On was founded in March 2016 and wants to make it possible to let people with a spinal cord injury walk again. I have reached this goal, but I would like to make this possible for more people with a spinal cord injury. This is the reason for me to be an ambassador of the foundation Walk On. More information about the foundation Walk On can be found on the following page: https://www.stichting-walk-on.org/
I also have a passion for handcycling. My handcycling-career started with the ‘Handbikebattle’ in 2018 in Austria, a challenge to climb the Kaunertaler gletscher in Tirol. It was a 20 km course with height difference of 863 m, so I am in for a challenge.
At this moment I am a pilot of the Symbitron+ team, which is going to participate in the Cybathlon in 2020. It is a great challenge and opportunity, which I accepted without doubts. I am motivated to train with the exoskeleton and to tackle all the obstacles.