Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

Toninho Norden (28) is doing a special personal training with Steve Chelius (one of his coaches who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 


 

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Toninho Norden is a war veteran, born in 1987, he was heavily wounded by a roadside bomb during a military mission in Afghanistan. During a patrol, the vehicle he was in exploded due to an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), two of his colleagues who were with him died and he lost both his legs. He woke up after being two weeks in coma in a military hospital in Utrecht (Netherlands). After an intensive revalisation period, Tony started to train heavily, and after some time became a top athlete. He competes in three disciplines: powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and ball throw.He is part of the Dutch team of wounded soldiers who competed this year at the Invictus Games in Orlando (United States). Tony is now preparing for the Paralympics in 2020. One of his plans for the near future is to give lectures to other people about the things he went through in his revalidation period and to inspire people to make the best out of life. Photographer Jan-Joseph Stok followed him intensively during two months in his preparation for the games and in his daily life.


Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is fixing his prosthesis before starting the training. 


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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year
Toninho Norden (28) is doing a special personal training with Steve Chelius (one of his coaches who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers).
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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) has a special tattoo on his left arm. The tattoo has been placed as a tribute to Dennis van Uhm and Mark Schouwink, who both died on april 18th 2008 during the roadside bomb in Uruzgan. Toninho Norden survived but was heavily injured. Other soldiers have done the same. The number 18 stands for the date, 0736LT is the local time when it happened. APR stands for April and 08 for the year 2008. 


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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden (28) is doing a special personal training with Steve Chelius (one of his coaches who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers).

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden (28) is doing a special personal training with Steve Chelius (one of his coaches who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers).

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

Toninho Norden (28) is doing a special personal training with Steve Chelius (one of his coaches who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers).

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special personal training with one of his coaches (who is also a family member) at the USC (University sport center of Amsterdam) in preparation of the Invictus Games 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is being treated by the fysiotherapist Bruce Fritz ( who is specialised in Athletes) and uses a certain form of acupuncture to release muscles pain. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is being treated by the fysiotherapist Bruce Fritz ( who is specialised in Athletes) and uses a certain form of acupuncture to release muscles pain. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) taking a rest while training. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) taking a rest while training. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) in a training facility, trying out a special heavy weighted vest.  Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) in a training facility, trying out a special heavy weighted vest. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) at a training facility, taking a rest. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) at a training facility, taking a rest. 

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Inside a training’s room where Toninho Norden ( 28) is sometimes training. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

. Inside a training’s room where Toninho Norden ( 28) is sometimes training. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) in a training facility. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) in a training facility. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is being carried by his friend and old coach down the stairs. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is being carried by his friend and old coach down the stairs. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) with a colleague (who has lost one leg in Bosnia) from the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016.  Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) with a colleague (who has lost one leg in Bosnia) from the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is being photographed at the revalidation center, where the main training for the Invictus Games is taking place. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is being photographed at the revalidation center, where the main training for the Invictus Games is taking place. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is moving from one place to the other at the Revalidation center, where the main training for the Invictus Games is talking place. The woman on the left has been one of the greatest supporter of Toninho, being there for him from the f

 Toninho Norden ( 28) together with other members of the Dutch invictus team

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is having fun at the revalidation center where the main training for the invictus games is taking place. Making a joke with some of his comrades cars. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is having fun at the revalidation center where the main training for the invictus games is taking place. Making a joke with some of his comrades cars. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is training for Ball throw for competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is training for Ball throw for competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is taking his belongings from his car, at a parking near a sport center where he is going to compete with his wheelchair basketball team. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is taking his belongings from his car, at a parking near a sport center where he is going to compete with his wheelchair basketball team. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is on his way to a wheelchair basketball game in Nijmegen, part of the training for the Invictus Games in Orlando. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is on his way to a wheelchair basketball game in Nijmegen, part of the training for the Invictus Games in Orlando. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers).The teams are greeting eachother before the game. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers).The teams are greeting eachother before the game. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is at a wheelchair basketball game with the Dutch team who is competing at the Invictus Games in Orlando (paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is training with the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016.  Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is training with the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) training with the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016.  Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) training with the Dutch team of Wheelchair basketball competing for the Invictus Games (special paralympics for wounded soldiers) in Orlando 2016. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is together with other team members of the Dutch invictus team. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is together with other team members of the Dutch invictus team. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is together with other team members of the Dutch invictus team. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is together with other team members of the Dutch invictus team. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . On his left is his sister.Photo: Jan-Joseph

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is attending the birthday party of his father, celebrating his 50th anniversary with his family and friends. The father of Toninho is also his coach for Powerlifting for the Invictus Games . 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training in powerlifting with his father Kenneth  in preparation to the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing a special training with his father for powerlifting in preparation of the Invictus Games (paralympics for wounded soldiers taking place this year in Orlando). Here he gets up the stairs just with his arms, lifting himself up.

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is going down the stairs on his arms after a special powerlifting training. 


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Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife at the Amsterdam Bos ( forest resort of Amsterdam).  Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife Brit at the Amsterdam Bos ( forest resort of Amsterdam). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is entering his car, having a day out with his wife in Amsterdam. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is entering his car, having a day out with his wife in Amsterdam. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) doing some shopping in Amsterdam. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) doing some shopping in Amsterdam. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife in Amsterdam. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife in Amsterdam. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) with his wife at a supermarket in Amsterdam. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) with his wife at a supermarket in Amsterdam. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing shopping with his wife at a supermarket in Amsterdam. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is doing shopping with his wife at a supermarket in Amsterdam.

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

Toninho Norden ( 28) is having a day out with his wife. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is being saluted by a high commander at Schiphol airport before his departure to Invictus Games in Orlando. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is being saluted by a high commander of the army at Schiphol airport before his departure to Invictus Games in Orlando. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) at schiphol airport with the Dutch team taking part with the Invictus Games in Orlando ( special paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) at schiphol airport with the Dutch Invictus team taking on their way to the Invictus Games in Orlando ( special paralympics for wounded soldiers). 


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Toninho Norden ( 28) at schiphol airport with the Dutch team of paralympics taking part with the Invictus Games in Orlando ( special paralympics for wounded soldiers). Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) at schiphol airport with the Dutch Invictus team formed of wounded soldiers and taking part at the Invictus Games in Orlando ( special paralympics for wounded soldiers). 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is being interviewed by the Dutch television before his departure to Invictus Games. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is being interviewed by the press before his departure to Invictus Games. 

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Toninho Norden ( 28) is saying goodbye to his wife before his departure to the Invictus Games in Orlando. Photo: Jan-Joseph Stok

 Toninho Norden ( 28) is saying goodbye to his wife before his departure to the Invictus Games in Orlando. 

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