How it started?
As an eight year old, Joris went to take a look at the local athletics club AV Spiridon. After a number of trial classes, he became a member of the association, not knowing that athletics would dominate his entire life.
For Joris, athletics was, in the first instance, just a hobby. He enjoyed training, but he didn’t want to think about competitions. It was his coach, Jeroen Farla, who convinced him to take part in a competition. It did not stop at this one match.
In 2011, Joris was invited by Marjan Olyslager to participate in the regional training hurdles in Rotterdam. He also joined the sprint group of Coen Huijding in Tilburg. Together they worked, in very good consultation, on the development of Joris as an athlete. Both on the hurdles and the flat sprint Joris continued to develop until the moment arrived, when the hurdles too often caused injuries. Joris decided to focus on the flat sprint.
In 2016 Joris goes to Papendal and Rogier Ummels becomes his coach. With Rogier Joris qualifies for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. He wins, in a PB of 6.62 seconds, a historic bronze medal for the Netherlands.
In 2013 Joris participate in the EYOF (European Youth Olumpic Festival) in Utrecht. He was allowed to represent the Netherlands on the 100 meter sprint as well as the 4 x 100 meter relay. He qualified for the tournament with a time of 11.29 seconds. With this time it was almost impossible for him to qualify for the final. But Joris far exceeded himself. With a time of 10.87 seconds he qualified for the final. Never had and has a c-junior run so fast in the 100 meters. Although he finished fourth in the final, this was a tournament to remember. Since this tournament he knew for sure. “Athletics is my passion and I go for the highest achievable.”
A bronze medal was won with the relay team.
Joris started participating in National Championships as a junior. He did not do this without success. As a junior he became multiple Dutch Champion at 110 meter hurdles and the 100 meter sprint. As a junior he also knew more than once to become Dutch champion at the all-around camp.
Joris became senior in 2018. As a freshman, he immediately won a bronze medal both indoors and outdoors. In 2019 he became Dutch Indoor Champion in the 60 meter sprint.