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Birthday bio: Happy birthday Beat von Bergen!

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Beat von Bergen. Image credit: Rolling Thunder

One of the  people celebrating their birthdays today in the world of disability sports is Swiss powerchair hockey player Beat von Bergen.  The T-Stick / defensive blocker, who turns 27 today, took up the sport in August 2007.  He has gone on to enjoy success at the highest levels of the sport.


Using a Turbo-Twist Sport II powerchair, von Bergen has spent his whole playing career on the club side with Rolling Thunder Bern.  Playing with the club, he has won several Swiss national championships including ones in  2009, 2010, and 2012.

von Bergen made his Switzerland national team debut at the 2008 European Championships in Belgium.  He was with the team again for the 2010 World Cup in Italy, and at an international tournament in 2013 in Eindhoven, Netherlands where his team finished third.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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