With proud we would like to introduce to you all the pilot of the third team of Project MARCH: Sjaan Quirijns.
Sjaan already has some experience with walking in an exoskeleton, since she participated in the trainings course of the Sint Maartenskliniek, where she practiced in the commercial prototype.
As nineteenth and maybe even most important team member of our team, we thought it would be proper to give her the opportunity to introduce herself. So, watch the vlog below!
As pilot of team Project MARCH it is very important to be in excellent physical condition. Fortunately, that is no problem at all with Sjaan. Ever since Sjaan was diagnosed with a T9 lesion after a sporting accident, she hasn't been sitting still. She got in touch with a whole new world of sports, in which she turned out to be more than successful!
Just to light up a corner of the veil: She climbed the Alp d'Huez with her handbike and managed to tackle the Kautertale Gletscherstraße in the same week! Like that isn't enough, she devoted herself to adapted rowing. She participated in de World Championships in 2014 and even became Dutch champion indoor!
Besides that, she has been playing wheelchair tennis for quite some time. She used to play with, but more often against, Claudiea Bosch-Comijs, the pilot of MARCH I.
Nowadays her sports moments exist out of runs and hiking tours. If the weather allows it a daily training of 10km including a steep bridge. That Sjaan is a real sportswoman therefore isn't doubtable.
But besides sporting, Sjaan has a variety of other hobbies. Watching a movie in the cinema might be her number one leisure. Besides that she likes to good healthy and balanced cooking, photographing and reading.
Project MARCH & Sjaan
In daily life Sjaan works fulltime at the Hogeschool Utrecht as functional manager. Her experience with working with different target groups comes in handy during our project. Since Project MARCH works with co-creation, the cooperation between team and pilot is central. Our design is closely adjusted to the feedback of our pilot, Sjaan, in order to achieve the best final result possible: An exoskeleton that is user friendly in daily life practice and hopefully the future replacement of the wheelchair.