Maarten van der Weijden
For Maarten, happiness is related to setting goals and achieving them, especially in uncertain times. He wants to inspire others with his story and make them be the best version of themselves, both on a personal and professional level. The fact that this isn’t always easy, is part of life for Maarten and nothing to be afraid of. As well as accepting setbacks. Maarten’s story is personal and sincere, without too much fuss.
In 2008 Maarten won the Olympic gold in the 10 km open water swimming.
Maarten has his own foundation, the Maarten van der Weijden Foundation. In less than a year, the foundation has collected more than 11 million euros for cancer research. Maarten swam the Elfstedentocht in 2018 and 2019, where he could no longer continue after 163 km in 2018 and finished the entire 196 km tour in 2019.
Former cancer patient
Maarten was diagnosed with cancer (acute lymphocytic leukemia) in 2001 and was lucky to recover. Maarten’s view on having cancer is that you have had an enormous amount of bad luck and that it is not a matter of ‘fighting’ to be able to recover.