DERWAEL Nina
Belgium
BEL
Title
Ms
Lastname
DERWAEL
Firstname
Nina
Gender
female
Country
Belgium
Place of birth
Sint-Truiden
Year of birth
2000 (24 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
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Hobbies
Shopping, relaxing with family and friends. (fr.audi.be, 01 Sep 2020)
Occupation
Athlete
Education
Event Management - Artevelde University College Ghent: Belgium
Spoken languages
Dutch, English, French
Club
Sta Paraat Hasselt: Belgium
Coach
Marjorie Heuls [national, personal]
Sporting relatives
Her father Nico Derwael played football for Belgian club, KRC Genk. (sporza.be, 25 Apr 2017)
Injuries
She was affected by a tendon injury to her knee throughout 2021 and into 2022. The problem meant she only competed on uneven bars and balance beam at the 2022 World Championships in Liverpool, England. She won bronze on uneven bars at the tournament. (gymnastics.sport, 28 Oct 2022; teknomers.com, 10 Jul 2022)

An injury to the big toe on her left foot kept her out of the 2021 European Championships in Basel, Switzerland. (proximus.be, 12 Apr 2021)

She sustained an ankle injury in May 2019. (hln.be, 25 Jun 2019)

She was affected by a foot injury in the build-up to the 2017 World Championships. (thegymter.net, 22 Sep 2017)

She suffered a broken hand in March 2016 while training on beam. (thegymter.net, 31 Mar 2016)
Start sporting career
She got involved in gymnastics at age two. "Although the gym's policy stated the minimum age to be three, they allowed me to return after my first class."
Reason for taking up the sport
"My parents took me to a class because they thought it would be good to participate in a sport."
Milestones
She became the first artistic gymnast representing Belgium to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games by claiming victory on uneven bars at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Sep 2021; gymnastics.sport, 15 Aug 2021)

She became the first Belgian artistic gymnast to win a gold medal at the world championships when she secured the uneven bars title at the 2018 edition of the tournament in Doha, Qatar. A year earlier she was the first Belgian artistic gymnast to claim a gold medal at the European championships when won on uneven bars at the 2017 edition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Oct 2022; demorgen.be, 08 Nov 2018; een.be, 25 Apr 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2023 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, and the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (Instagram profile, 05 Nov 2022; sporza.be, 09 Jul 2022)
Trainings
She has two training sessions per day. One is focused on gymnastics and the other is aimed at improving her strength and conditioning.
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold on uneven bars at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 01 Aug 2022)
Hero / Idol
US artistic gymnast Simone Biles. (gymnastics.sport, 28 Dec 2018)
Rituals
"The night before a competition I think about all my routines. I just go through them." (gymnastiekfederatie YouTube channel, 21 Jul 2016)
Philosophy / Motto
"It doesn't matter what others do. I have to do my own thing, my own routine. I really need to focus on myself and not get stressed about what happens before me." (intlgymnast.com, 01 Sep 2021)
Awards
In 2018, 2019, and 2021 she was named Belgian Sportswoman of the Year. (sportmagazine.knack.be, 19 Dec 2021; sporza.be, 21 Dec 2019; 7sur7.be, 22 Dec 2018)

In October 2019 a gymnastics training hall was named after her in her birth place of Sint-Truiden, Belgium. (globaldomainsnews.com, 21 Oct 2019)

In 2018 she received the National Trophy for Sports Merit [Nationale Trofee voor Sportverdienste] in Belgium. (demorgen.be, 08 Nov 2018)

In 2018 she was presented of the Vlaams Sportjuweel [Flemish Sports Jewel] Award by the Flemish Ministry of Sports. (sportmagazine.knack.be, 19 Dec 2021)

In 2017 and 2018 she was given the Flemish Giant Trophy [Vlaamse Reus], an honour awarded by the Flemish sports press. (demorgen.be, 08 Nov 2018, ninaderwael.com, 01 Jan 2022)

She was named the 2016 Sportswoman of the Year in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. (invlaanderen.be, 03 Dec 2016)
Additional information
NAMED ELEMENTS
In December 2017 'The Derwael / Fenton' was added to the Code of Points for the uneven bars by the International Gymnastics Federation [FIG]. The element, first performed by her at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, involves a backward Stalder with counter straddle reverse hecht over the high bar with half [180 degree] turn to hang in mixed L-grip and has an 'F' value. The element was also performed at the same championships by British gymnast Georgia-Mae Fenton, so the name of the element was shared between the two gymnasts. In September 2021 the 'Derwael II' was added to the Code of Points. The element, first performed by her at the 2021 World Challenge Cup in Osijek, Croatia, involves a pike sole circle backward with counter stretched hecht in layout position over high bar with half turn to hang in mixed L-grip and has an 'H' value. (gymnastics.sport, 24 Sep 2021; fr.audi.be, 01 Sep 2020; fig-gymnastics.com, 15 Dec 2017)

HIATUS
She took some time away from the sport after winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, before returning to training in mid-2022. "I felt the urge to enter the gym again. Did I think about quitting? Of course you always have doubts. Do I still like it enough? What would I do it for? Can I do even better? Those are questions that you ask yourself. The answer quickly followed in the gym - I still enjoy doing it. I'm glad I had that feeling. I didn't doubt for long whether the passion was still there. I still love it too much to stop. I feel like my body can handle it for a while." (sporza.be, 09 Jul 2022)

UNEVEN BARS
She feels that her best apparatus is the uneven bars. She won gold on the apparatus at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I like to think that I communicate and have a relationship with the uneven bars. I would like to say that the bars speak to me, and in return, I listen. We understand each other. I can truly feel it when the bars want me to release, or regrasp, like a flowing movement. I feel as if I am one with the bars and know precisely where and when to let go or hold on just a moment longer. I truly work together with the uneven bars, in unison." (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Sep 2021; intlgymnast.com, 10 Mar 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2022 she took part in the Belgian version of the reality TV show, Dancing with the Stars. She and her dancing partner Jonatan Medart won the contest. "I never expected to make it to the final. What a party! I don't know what to say. It was a stressful moment. I was still scared, because Jonatan killed it all here on the dance floor." (sporza.be, 21 Sep 2022; vrt.be, 12 Feb 2022)

Last update : 2023-09-22

Olympic Games

2021 - Games of the XXXII Olympiad TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
6
Score Final
55.965 
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
56.598 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.366
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.766
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
13.566
Team
Rank Final
8
Score Final
159.695
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
163.895

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
19
Score Final
56.299 
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
56.532 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.133
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
13.966
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
13.533
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
167.838
World Championships

2022 - 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LIVERPOOL (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
137
Score Qualif.
27.266 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
14.700
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.700
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
29
Score Qualif.
12.566
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
156.063

2019 - 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships STUTTGART (GER)

All-Around
Rank Final
5
Score Final
56.033 
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
55.441 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.233
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.141
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
13.200
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.600
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
161.238

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
4
Score Final
55.699 
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
55.564 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.200
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.066
Balance Beam
Rank Final
4
Score Final
13.466
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.766
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
13.266
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
158.970

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
8
Score Final
53.498 
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
53.598 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.033
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
14.966
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
12.333
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
27
Score Qualif.
12.733
World Cup

2024 - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2024 - Qualifying OG 2024 COTTBUS (GER)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
5
Score Final
13.433
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.700

2024 - FIG Apparatus World Cup 2024 - Qualifying OG 2024 CAIRO (EGY)

Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.633
Rank Qualif.
6
Score Qualif.
13.033
Continental Championships

2018 - 32nd Senior European Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
3
Score Final
54.366 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.733
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
14.400
Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.600
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.500
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
12.866

2017 - 7th European Individual Championships CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU)

All-Around
Rank Final
7
Score Final
52.832 
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
52.465 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.633
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.566

2016 - 31st European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
81
Score Qualif.
27.233 
Uneven Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
23
Score Qualif.
13.300
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.933
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
161.930
World / Challenge Cup

2021 - FIG World Challenge Cup OSIJEK (CRO)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.000
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.150
Balance Beam
Rank Final
1
Score Final
13.933
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.300
World Cup qualifying for OG

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 DOHA (QAT)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.033
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.033
Balance Beam
Rank Final
2
Score Final
13.633
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
13.566

2018 - 43rd Turnier der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup COTTBUS (GER)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.100
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.166
Balance Beam
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
12.766
World / Challenge Cup

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 DOHA (QAT)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.300
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.233
Balance Beam
Rank Final
3
Score Final
13.400
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
13.500

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup - 20th Internationaux de France 2017 PARIS (FRA)

Uneven Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
14.900
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.700
Balance Beam
Rank Final
6
Score Final
12.800
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
12.900
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
11
Score Qualif.
12.750