At the age of twelve, Rik learned to ski in La Fouly, a small village on the Swiss side of Mont Blanc. In the following years, holidays in Verbier and Lenzerheide followed.
During his studies, the love for skiing developed even more when he was given the opportunity to work as a tour guide and ski instructor in the Zillertal during a winter season. It turned out to be three seasons in the snow; another season in the Zillertal and a year for Snowtime in the French Alps. During that time he also obtained the Anwärter diploma in Austria.
A career as a business consultant (marketing) followed with several consultancy firms. That gave him the chance to ski across the lake in Vail and Mammoth Lakes.
In 2009 he switched to the sport and from that time with Kirco Company to advise (sports) organizations on a wide range of topics. It is often about solving a strategic management problem, a market research, a marketing or sponsoring plan or setting up a curriculum.
From 2012 he is involved with the Association of Disabled Winter Sportsmen (VGW). In Huizen (home base VGW), Zoetermeer and Landgraaf he gives ski lessons to standing skiers with a disability. He also tries to go with one of the five trips that the VGW organizes every year. Adapted skiing & snowboarding is a fantastic way for adults and children with disabilities to experience winter sports together with family.
In the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season, Rik guided seat skier Kees-Jan van der Klooster, the two-time participant in the paralympic winter games, in his two last active seasons as a top athlete. Rik is now also involved in KJ-Projects, which organizes the WheelChairSkills event, among other things.
With a newly purchased set of touring skis, Rik hopes to be able to tour a bit more in the coming years. Not many people know that Rik has a huge collection of (international) ski & snowboard books (250+).
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