Laurens was born on 26 August 2011 at 18:53 in Nijmegen, his weight was 4258 gram and his height was 54 cm. Because both parents had a fulltime job, he went for a few days per week to a host parent. Early 2014 Laurens went to the playschool “Spoenk” and from September 2015 he goes to the Jena plan school “De Lanteerne“. He started with volleyball and free running, but was caught by ice skating fever at the end of 2019 and completed that season as “Youth Talent of the Year”. It soon became clear that short track is his preference.