Although Larissa has only been practicing the sport for two years she has already won many prizes. Undoubtedly a question of talent, but probably even more of determination. Don’t tell Larissa that she can’t do something, as she will then try to prove the opposite. When her study threatened to stagnate because a computer didn’t recognize the mathematical symbols, she didn’t just give up but she developed a new braille system herself. In this way she made mathematics more accessible for the blind. A remarkable achievement, for which she won the public prize of the Research Battle of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Extra recognition was that the magazine Viva named her the ‘Toughest Woman in the Netherlands’.
Together with her former pilot rider, Larissa became Dutch champion in her sport on both sprint distances in 2013 and 2014. With Haliegh she beat the world champions in Wales in January 2015 at the world cup event and won gold twice. With this result they both received a nomination for the Paralympics, the Olympic Games for the disabled, which is to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
These successes are even more remarkable when you learn that Larissa and Haliegh achieved them on an old bicycle. This is considered a good way to learn the sport, but to be able to perform optimally they need a tandem which is fitted to their measurements, requirements and materials. Money is also essential for the training camps and for taking part in events. A total amount of €30.000,- is needed. Certainly a huge amount of money. But also an amount which, with the help of many, should be possible to raise together.
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