S8, SB8, SM8
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming lessons at age five. He also took part in gymnastics from a young age, until an injury in 2012 forced him to give up the sport. He then became classified as Para swimmer.
Why this sport?
"In December 2012, I suffered a shoulder injury at training for gymnastics. In the blink of an eye my life changed, and I had to leave gymnastics behind. Together with my physiotherapist we looked for other options, and I started playing hockey. But it soon became apparent this would also not be possible with my shoulder. I was broken, desperate, and had put on weight. On the way home from the doctor one day I stopped at the swimming pool where my brother was training. He suggested I speak with a coach from the BOAS swim club. A classification was needed to participate in Para swimming, and at that moment it was like a switch being flicked. I had found a new passion."
Club / Team
Name of coach
Ruben Berteloot [brother, personal]; Andre 'Dries' Christiaens [club, national]
A shoulder injury in 2012 forced him to give up gymnastics, and led to him being classified as a Para swimmer. (janberteloot.be, 01 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Never give up." (janberteloot.be, 01 Jan 2020)
His twin brother Ruben has competed in swimming at national level in Belgium, and is his coach. (janberteloot.be, 01 Jan 2020)
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (janberteloot.be, 01 Jan 2020)