"Originally from Holland, I started my sporting life in athletics in which I competed at a national level and coached the regional junior team. I discovered climbing when I was 21 and to pay for my study fees I started working in a climbing wall. When I moved over to England in 2008 to live with my partner Andy Earl, climbing became a bigger part of my life both personal and professional. Together with Andy I travelled the world, developed climbing areas and helped to build up Climb Newcastle. Before I knew it I had shared the podium with Adam Ondra in Mello Blocco and became one of the first females to boulder F8a+. Because of a change in circumstances, I can't climb outside as often as I use to. Therefore I started to focus more on the coaching side of climbing. As well as working for the Sports Science Department at Sunderland University I'm now a self-employed climbing coach and route setter."
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