Apeldoorn, March 4th, 2016 – Software and technology company Luminis will start sponsoring Jeanine Grasmeijer (23), the Dutch World Champion Freediving. Luminis supports Jeanine in her efforts to defend her titles and improve her national records in freediving. In the next months, Jeanine will travel to Egypt and the Bahama’s on a quest to reach new depths.
Jeanine’s goal over the coming months is to train for and to participate in a big freediving competition, called the Vertical Blue. This will take place in Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas, the deepest Blue Hole in the world. Luminis met Jeanine via her crowd-funding project ‘Help mij de diepte in’. This sponsorship is part of Luminis’ on-going commitment to support individuals that seek to exceed themselves. CEO of Luminis, Hans Bossenbroek: ‘Whether our efforts are manifested through software or the skills and knowledge of our colleagues, the human factor is and will always be at the core of what we do. It is the personality, talent and empathy, that sets a professional apart.’
In the summer of 2013 Jeanine started training for the AIDA Individual Depth World Championships in Greece. It was in Greece where she put herself on the map by breaking a long standing world record: Diving to -90 meters by pulling herself down on the dive line, a discipline called Free Immersion. She came up 4 minutes and 17 seconds later as the youngest female world record holder (20 years) in the history of freediving. During the World Championships ’13 Jeanine also set new National Records for No Fins (-60 m) and Constant Weight (-80 m). She returned to university to finish her Bachelor in Medicine, being the youngest woman in the world to break a world record and holding all 6 National Records.
In 2014 she continued to do smaller pool competitions, earning several medals and improving her own records. In the summer of 2015 she started depth training again to prepare for the AIDA Individual Depth World Championships ’15 in Cyprus. She fulfilled her dream of becoming a World Champion in her favourite discipline: Free immersion, earning gold with a dive to -82 meters in 3 minutes and 31 seconds. One month later she also became the female winner of the Big Blue World Cup in la Paz, Mexico, with good overall performances in all 3 depth disciplines.
Jeanine Grasmeijer (1993) was born in Emmen, the Netherlands, and always had a profound love for swimming and being in the water. She left home at age 18 to travel solo through South-East Asia. Longing to learn how to be under water for extended times, she was drawn to a freedive school in Ko Tao, Thailand. There she discovered her unusual talent for freediving.