Who is Marc Herremans?
Marc Herremans is one of Belgium’s best-known triathletes. Before his sports career, he was a construction worker, paratrooper and volunteer fireman. In all this, he had experiences which he still considers to be his biggest life lessons.
After twice finishing in 8th place in the World Championships full-distance triathlon, he finished sixth in the Hawaii Ironman (best newcomer). He suffered a fall in 2002 while training on his bike. As a result, Marc was left completely paralysed from his chest to his legs. He carried on with his top sports career and finished in 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place as a wheelchair athlete one year later at the Hawaii Ironman. In 2007, he was the first wheelchair athlete who was able to complete the demanding Crocodile Trophy in Australia. He was knighted by the King, was Sports Personality of the Year in 2002 and Triathlete of the Year in 2006.
Marc set up the To Walk Again Foundation in 2003, supporting disabled people in sport and rehabilitation. Finally, he began in 2008 to train athletes, resulting in numerous national, European and world titles since then. Over the years, his most cherished dreams came true: the birth of his three children in 2012, 2016 and 2018.