Esther Vergeer

Esther Vergeer

Seven-time Paralympic wheelchair tennis champion and Chef of Mission of the Paralympians

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  • English
  • Dutch

About Esther Vergeer

Esther Vergeer is one of the greatest Dutch athletes of all time. For years Esther was undoubtedly the number one in the world. She won 470 matches in a row! Esther Vergeer is currently director of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. She is also an advisor to the NOC*NSF when it comes to the Paralympic Team NL.

“You don’t always have to be the best, as long as you do your very best.”

Why Esther Vergeer Book as a speaker ?

Ester Vergeer speaks openly and honestly about her experience as an athlete with a disability. Her story about how to deal with setbacks and perseverance is impressive. Motivation and enthusiasm are keywords in this. Esther shares her experience as a Tournament director for the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, as well as her mission with her own foundation. In addition to her presentation, Esther Vergeer also gives training courses and workshops lasting several days, with which she (together with an organizational expert) builds a bridge between sport and business, making the lessons from top-class sport applicable in the workplace.


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Esther Vergeer managed to stun the crowd

Esther Vergeer was able to empathize with the 'why' of the meeting. She is able to really touch people with her message. She inspires and knows how to silence the audience.



Esther Vergeer is the most successful Dutch disabled sportswoman. However, she was not disabled from birth. Until the age of six, she was a very healthy girl. After a few symptoms and tests, it appeared that Esther had a blood vessel abnormality around her spinal cord. A very risky operation caused her to end up in a wheelchair. After her operation, she did not start her sports career with tennis. In the rehabilitation center, Esther Vergeer was introduced to all kinds of sports. Tennis and basketball jumped right out in front of her. Esther played for the National women's team wheelchair basketball. Her biggest victory was winning the European Championship, an experience she wouldn't have wanted to miss. Basketball later turned out to be difficult to combine with school and tennis. In 1998 she had to make a choice between tennis and basketball. She eventually chose tennis. This turned out to be a great choice! After three years of playing at the national level, Esther Vergeer decided, together with her coach, that she also had to try competing on an international level. This decision led to many (inter)national titles. On February 12th, 2013 Esther decided to stop her international tennis career. At the same time, Esther presents her biography 'Strength & Vulnerability'. Sports legends Johan Cruijff and Roger Federer wrote the preface for this special book. In 2014, during the US Open in New York, she launched her biography in English 'Fierce & Vulnerable'. In the summer of 2014 at De Parade and in May 2015 at De Kleine Komedie she was featured in the theatre program 'Sportmonologen' (Sports Monologues) where she told her personal story in fifteen minutes. Esther Vergeer is currently managing director of the ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam and also an advisor to the NOC*NSF for the Paralympic Team NL. She is also the founder of her own foundation, the Esther Vergeer Foundation, in which she encourages children with physical disabilities to play sports.

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