Growing up I dabbled in many sports - soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, irish dance, gymnastics, swimming, and cross country among others. It quickly became evident that I was an endurance based athlete, not necessarily coordinated or fast enough for basketball or tennis, nor graceful enough for dance or gymnastics. Thus, I swam and ran throughout my high school years, before focusing on track and cross country at the University of Oregon (UO) where I specialized in the 3000m steeplechase.
After graduating with a degree in International Business and Romance Language from UO in 2011, I moved back to my native country of Belgium to pursue the Olympic standard in the steeplechase, work in an international environment and brush up on my languages. Injuries would put an end to my track career by mid-2012, but did not extinguish the Olympic dream - that's when I found triathlon.
So with a pink-flowered surf wetsuit, borrowed bike, an old pair of shorts and t-shirt, I had an absolute blast in my first triathlon and reignited my passion for sport. Fast forward three and half years and despite a challenging process, I qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games.
With renewed energy and a relentless hunger to improve, I have now set my focus on Tokyo 2020. In December 2016, I joined The Triathlon Squad based in southern California, USA led by coach Paulo Sousa. Thank you for joining me on this journey and supporting me along the way.