Date of birth

17/06/1996

Place of birth

Namur

Discipline

Paragliding

Modality

Cross Country and Hike & Fly

Nationality

Belgian

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained!"
BIOGRAPHY


I started paragliding at the age of 14, after years of begging my parents to let me do it, as they don't fly. All my life I have lived next to one of the best flying sites in Belgium, so I have always been fascinated by all aerial disciplines - kitesurfing, hot air ballooning, paragliding... Even paper aeroplanes! 

To increase the hours I spend in the air, I have dedicated my whole life to paragliding: I have become an instructor, a dealer, an event organiser, a competitor and a tandem pilot. I think the only way to improve is to practise as much as possible. For me, all flights are interesting: a short glide, a 200 km flight, a tandem or an acro flight... That's why I never say no to flying. 

I have been on several podiums in national competitions, being Belgian champion in 2019 (and 2020). I have been a member of the Belgian national team since 2018, participating in FAI 1 championships and PWCs, and I also compete in hike & fly competition, taking part in competitions such as the X-Pyr and the Airtour du Mont Blanc. I am also part of Team X1X, where the motto "sharing is caring" makes perfect sense. Flying, progressing, encouraging each other, discussing or simply enjoying a good meal... All these things are better with a group of people. This is the main reason I am so taken with the idea of this team.

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Curiosities

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Destiny

Flying was a given for me from an early age. That is why all my energy is now directed towards this passion.

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2019: Belgian Champion

I started well in the competition, winning all the tasks in the Belgian classification, but on the penultimate day I made a big mistake that cost me the ranking I had achieved during the previous tasks. Before the last start, the tension was palpable. I did a "controlled" task, and during the final glide I was able to take some risks that allowed me to win. I will never forget that moment of relaxation... After a week of hard work and some stressful moments, it was an incredible release. 

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Peace and tranquility

A similar emotion came over me when I did the 110 km task at the PWC in Turkey 2021. I managed to reach the finish line with 30 metres to spare after an intense final glide. On landing, I shouted with joy. That feeling of freedom when you land after a very intense flight is unforgettable. These are the greatest moments of peace I have ever experienced - you can finally breathe and relax. 

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Carpe diem

We don't know what the future will bring, so we just have to enjoy the present and make the most of every possible moment of happiness.

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