Bibian is the founder of the Mentelity Foundation to stimulate, motivate, and inspire children and adolescents with a physical disability (to continue) to engage in sports, both in general, as well as in extreme board sports in particular. She wants to make a positive contribution to the mental and physical development of the physically handicapped.
Let you sweep away in her inspiring story, let her touch you by her kindness and fall in love with Bibian’s never-ending energy and join the opening lecture of the SBE Career & Development Days.
Bibian Mentel Spee will be introduced by Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert.
Top snowboarder Bibian Mentel Spee (born September 27, 1972) has loved sports since she was a child. Horse riding, tennis, gymnastics, skiing, wakeboarding and hockey were her favourite sports and she performed all these sports at a high level. It was expected of her to attend university, so she started Law School. After obtaining all credits for her first year, she quitted her studies, followed her heart and moved to the mountains to start a career as a professional snowboarder. In her preparation for the Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2001, she received the horrible news that her leg had to be amputated because of bone cancer. Bibian continued believing in her dreams and in the last 17 years she went through a process of stumbling and getting up again, with major highs and lows.
Bibian is 7-times Dutch champion, 7-times World Champion, three-fold Winter Paralympics gold-medalist. She won 126 gold medals in her career and became Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2012. She is Sportswoman of the Year 2014, Woman of the Year in 2015, Winner of the Strong Woman award in 2016 and received the Top Sport Community Award in 2017. She is the author of the books “Met mijn verkeerde been uit bed”, “Kut Kanker”, “Leef” en “Golfbreker”. Bibian is married to Edwin Spee, mother of son Julian and stepmother of daughters Laila and Annabella
Franz Palm Lecture Hall