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Beorn Nijenhuis

Beorn Nijenhuis

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Researcher in neuroscience & former olympic speed skater

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Former Olympic speed skater and keynote speaker Beorn Nijenhuis has begun a new chapter, successfully pursuing a career in neuroscience. He now researches and lectures on the connection between sports and neuroscience, bringing to the table both practical and theoretical expertise in human motivation, striving and success.

Most high-performance consultants fall into these two categories; they are either ‘doers’ or ‘thinkers’. They are either a Superman or a Clark Kent, but they are rarely both. As a former professional speedskater, and now neuroscientist, Beorn’s goal is to be both. Combining his former high-performance life with academics creates coaching that is more than the sum of it’s parts.

Starting at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, Beorn Nijenhuis spent eight years as a professional speed skater, setting national records and winning multiple national and international titles. Beorn Nijenhuis has been a standout in the men’s 1000 meter on the international scene as the national record holder in the 1000 meter from 2008 to 2012.

Beorn is ambitious and found the world of professional sports, alone, to be one-dimensional and unsatisfying. Beorn began studying literature and philosophy while still competing, and collected sufficient credits for a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Literature.  Upon his retirement from professional sports, Beorn Nijenhuis began a new chapter studying science. He completed his Masters in Neuroscience at the University Utrecht and is currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience with the University of groningen.

Beorn Nijenhuis has a personal goal of synthesizing his own experience in sports with neuroscience to change people’s lives. Drawing on both his academic training and his personal journey as a top athlete, he possesses a diverse and unique set of tools and experience that he employs in all his keynotes and presentations.

A skilled and inspiring speaker, Beorn uses his talks to study the most fascinating and groundbreaking neuroscientific discoveries and how these shape the pursuit of excellence.

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    Speaker Beorn Nijenhuis Keynote Topics

    • High Performance
    • Neuroscience
    • Motivation
    • Sports Psychology
    • Goal Setting

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A 5 (five) star presentation. Beorn prepares himself well and knows how to connect with his audience. By combining his own personal experience with his passion for science he really inspired and moved the audience. We will surely ask him again!

Heleen Loof

Radboud Honours Academy - Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
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