Pro snowboarder Bibian Mentel wants to get children and young adults with a physical challenge to start moving. That’s why she established the Mentelity Foundation. She is the living example that, it is possible. Bibian Mentel lost her lower leg at the age of 27 due to cancer. Bibian was a top athlete and was about to place herself for the Olympic winter games in Salt lake City (USA 2002).
4 months after her amputation Bibian stood on her snowboard again and 3 months after that she became Dutch champion at the abled bodied racers. Despite the cancer coming back 7 times she kept coming back and she kept snowboarding. And so became world champion in February 2017 for the 5th time. Now that snowboarding is officially part of the paralympic winter games, something Bibian has fought for for 8 years, she got the chance to win gold on the paralympics in Sochi 2014 and she made it! Let’s get ready for the games in 2018.
Bibian Mentel thinks sport is important “challenged people are capable of more than they think, they just need to work harder for it. The Mentelity Foundation is here for people with a physical challenge to look at the possibilities instead of the limitations, it’s all about mentality.