Belgium’s Marieke Vervoort – Probably the Fastest Woman on a Wheelchair


Marieke Vervoort, a 37-year-old gold medallist from the 2012 London Games is the fastest woman on a wheelchair. A World champion in her sport and had also marked the summit of her greatness and that too by her skill and after a long sporting career owing to most of the medals, she has decided to quit wheelchair sprinting after considering the retirement from life.

After the completion of 2016 Rio Paralympics, Marieke is considering euthanasia. She is suffering from an incurable spinal degenerative disease which doesn’t let her sleep at night.

In an interview to England’s Daily Express, she said that “After Rio, I will stop my sports career, I want to see what life brings me and I will try to enjoy the finest moments. I have a bucket list, including stunt flying, and I have started thinking about euthanasia. In spite of my condition, I have been able to experience things that others can only dream of.”

Marieke at the London Paralympic Games (Wheelchair sprint event) of 2015 had won the gold medal in 100m as well as in 200m in T52 events. Marieke has also broken many European records. Also in 2015, Vervoort ‘s 35.91 seconds record in the 200m wheelchair race was 2 seconds less than her European record (33.65).

Back in 2000, Marieke was down by an very uncommon disease and from there her health issues were started. The disease paralyzed her but this didn’t let her courage down. She took wheelchair as another ongoing reason and she played wheelchair basketball, took part in triathlons and  completed 2007 Hawaii Ironman.

An year later, due to the worse condition, she wasn’t able to participate in triathlon and took up wheelchair sprinting.

Marieke after winning the competition quoted to Le Perisian, “Everybody sees me laugh with my gold medal, but no one sees the dark side. I suffer greatly, sometimes sleeping only ten minutes a night – and still go for the gold. Rio is my last wish. I train very hard, even if I have to fight day and night against my disease. Every day it hurts, some nights I do not sleep, and after 10 minutes’ sleep I have to train.”

Marieke was once an icon in the Paralympics sports and Euthanasia is making her down day by day, that might probably end her life. Marieke is presently looking for an advice on how to go about euthanasia.

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