Larissa Klaassen, toughest woman in the Netherlands

Larissa Klaassen, stoerste vrouw van Nederland

Category Tough, VIVA 400

This category is full of military personnel who’ve been posted overseas, rally riders and stunt women. Here you find the women with the WOW effect, the real dream jobs: so you work on a Royal Marine ship and make the North Sea bomb-free?  They aren’t scared of danger and don’t complain about a few bruises here and there.
Information technology student Larissa Klaassen (20) is near-blind and wasn’t able to follow a number of study subjects due to the inaccessibility of the mathematical symbols. After long research she developed a method herself by which to make these symbols accessible in braille. This became such a success that it was immediately taken over internationally. This alone is special, but added to that, Larissa is also a top cyclist. This year she was Dutch champion tandem time trial cycling on road. Her next mission: a medal at the Paralympic games in Rio in 2016, although first she needs to find a new partner.