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.
Snowboarding is on the Paralympic programme since 2014, thanks to Bibian. In Sochi Bibian won the first ever Paralympic gold medal in snowboarding. In Pyeong-Chang 2018 she did it again, this time she won 2 gold medals. In 2014 en 2018 she became Dutch para athlete for the year.
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.