PhD students from the Institute of Physics crowned champions in the 100m butterfly and the pole dancing doubles

6 June 2016

Elinore de Jong and Chris de Weerd, PhD students at the Institute of Physics, have recently been renamed Dutch champions in the 100 meter butterfly and pole dancing doubles respectively, demonstrating that it is possible to combine a top sport with a career in science.

Chris de Weerd and her partner Tamara Levering were crowned Dutch pole dancing champions for the third time in the doubles category at the pole dancing competition ‘IPSF NK Paaldansen’, which took place in Den Bosch on Sunday 29 May 2016.  In becoming Dutch champions, they once again qualified for the world championships in London, where they finished in sixth place last year.  They are currently ranked fourth in the world in their category and the world championships are due to take place on the 23 and 24 July 2016.

About a month prior to this, Elinore de Jong broke her personal best at the international Swim Cup competition in Eindhoven, successfully defending her title in the all-in 100 metre butterfly in a 50 metre pool.  With her winning time of 0.59.92, Elinore won the Swim Cup competition and reclaimed her title as Dutch champion. 

Alongside their sporting activities, Elinore de Jong and Chris de Weerd are both studying for a PhD in the research group of Prof. Tom Gregorkiewicz (Institute of Physics) at the UvA.

Published by  IOP