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“I can no longer walk, but I will learn how to fly.” This is what Willem said after he ended up in a wheelchair in 2017 due to a motorbike accident. His big dream was to go kitesurfing on the waves of South Africa. In the rehabilitation clinic he started his search for the possibilities to make his dream come true. He had a customized surfboard produced with a seat on it, after months of hard training, the time had finally come. Two years after this accident Willem flew to Cape Town where he made his dream come true. “This adventure has surpassed even my wildest dreams.” Nowadays, Willem’s mission is promoting the sport sit-kitesurfing and along with his foundation, he helps to make the sport accessible to more people with disabilities. Willem gives motivational talks worldwide about personal leadership, dealing with change and thinking in possibilities and inspires others to never stop dreaming!

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