Xiomara Getrouw is an athlete who was born in 1994. She’s a young and upcoming talent in sports. Currently her main focus is on swimming, but she is also very good at running marathons and cycling. Xiomara is a born triathlete. She’s been into sports since age 4. She was inspired by her mother who also was an athlete.
Since the start of her career Xiomara has done many impressive things. She won a lot of prices and awards, has many records in her name and her strength is still increasing. Xiomara studied languages at AlphaMax Academy. This is an international private school based in Suriname, a country in South America. After she graduated from AlphaMax Academy she moved to the United States where she’s continuing her study.
Xiomara trains on a daily basis and specialized in swimming categories: Back stroke (50m, 100m and 200m) and marathon swimming. The trainings, strength trainings amongst others, are necessary to reach the top. Xiomara is very ambitious and serious about her goals. She wants to participate at the Olympics. With the help of her Surinamese and American coaches, but mostly on her own strength and will power she reached the high level she’s currently at.
Xiomara is the first Surinamese who ever ran a 42 km marathon at age 16 and finished 1st place in her category.
A few of the highlights of Xiomara’s career:
- Xiomara participated in Asatt swimming competition in Trinidad and Tobago. She won 5 medals: Gold (800m freestyle and 200m back stroke), silver (50m, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle) and a 3rd place most outstanding
- She participated in Bigi Broki Waka (10km) in January 2011 and won the 2nd place inside the category matching her age. She got the 5th place in the overall standings.
- In January 2011 Xiomara represented Suriname in the Miami Half Marathon. She was asked to participate by Mr. MacDonald, the manager of the Gazelle organization in Suriname.
- In 2011 she also won two medals at the Anthony Nesty open swimming competition: Gold (100m backstroke) and silver (100m freestyle). She won gold (50m back stroke), silver (50m butterfly) and bronze (50m freestyle ) at the Neptunes Sprint swimming competitions.
- In February of 2011 she won the first place within her category at the Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swimming, 40km cycling and 10km running).
- In March 2011 at the Long course swimming competitions she won gold (50m, 100m and 200m back stroke), silver (50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle) and bronze (50m freestyle).
- In April 2011 she won the first place in her category at the Oase Sprint Triathlon (750m swimming, 20km cycling and 5km running). Overall she had the 2nd place.
- In April 2011 she also participated in the Dutch Caribbean Invitations swimming competitions in Curaçao where she won gold (50m, 100m and 200m back stroke) and bronze (200m and 800m freestyle)
- She won gold (50m, 100m, 200m back stroke and 200m freestyle), silver (50m butterfly, 100m freestyle), bronze (50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 100m in medley) at the Short course swimming competitions 2011.
- At the Giovanni Linscheer swimming competitions 2011 she won gold (50m and 100m back stroke), silver (50m, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle) and bronze (200m in medley).
- In August 2011 Xiomara participated at the World Championships Triathlon in Lausanne, Switzerland.
- In 2012 she was the winner of the women’s competition of the 38th Staatsolie Zwemmarathon, which is the biggest marathon swimming event that is organized every year in Suriname.
- In April 2013 she won the Oase Powerrade Triathlon with a finishing time of 1:13:28.
- In June 2013 Xiomara won the Oase Powerrade duathlon and got the first place with a finishing time of 1:12:35.
- In August 2013 Xiomara won the first edition of the Paramaribo ‘High Heel Run’ .
- In March 2014 Xiomara broke the MCC school record of backstroke which was set in 1998.
- In July 2014 Xiomara became second at the women’s competition of the 40th Staatsolie Zwemmarathon.
- In July 2015 Xiomara won the women’s competition of the 41st Staatsolie Zwemmarathon in Suriname. This was the second time for her to win at this yearly competition.
- In March 2017 Xiomara became All American on the 100 backstroke.
- In March 2017 she broke a school record at St. Andrews University in North Carolina on the 50 and the 100 backstroke. She also broke a record on the 200 backstroke at the same university in 2016.
- In July 2017 Xiomara swam a new Surinamese national record on the 50m backstroke in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- In July 2017 Xiomara participated at the 17th FINA World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
- In July 2019 Xiomara broke a new Surinamese national record on the 50m butterfly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
- In July 2019 Xiomara participated at the 18th FINA World Championship in Gwangju, South Korea.
- In April 2021 Xiomara finished her research about the multimodal comparison of interaction between Deaf and hearing swimmers with their coaches.
Xiomara has a special interest for the deaf community. She studies American Sign Language and wants to contribute in better communication and getting attention for this subject.
One of the nicest things about Xiomara is that even though she did and reached so much, she still is modest. She is not arrogant and is very grateful for what is granted to her. This “down to earth” approach of her is of her great features and will help her, together with her strength, faith and ambition to reach the top of the world.
To summarize the above it is safe to say that Xiomara Getrouw is an athlete to remember: a multi talent, swimmer, marathon runner and cycler.
Xiomara Getrouw is one of the persons of Surinamese descendant to be very proud of!