Gael de Coninck

Track and field Sweden

My name is Gaël De Coninck and I am 17 years old. I currently live in Sweden, but I've moved quite a lot. I was born in Belgium, then moved to Spain, Portugal, and now Sweden. Sweden was the country in which I started track and field. Since, I have the Swedish National Junior Record on 800m, Silver in the European Youth Olympic Festival, and have been selected to represent Sweden in the U18 European Championship. Just a quick fact, I speak 4 languages.

What does Forever Better mean to you?

Forever Better for me signifies that I will keep on accomplishing my goals, not matter how long it will take. However, I will do so in the most healthy environment and state that I can possible have. This for instance means taking care of myself when getting small injuries and taking care of my body regularly in order to avoid being injured.

How does your training routine look like?

During outdoor competition season, on Monday I will have long intervals in woods; Tuesday rest; Wednesday short track intervals; Thursday 50 minute distance with some hurdle exercises and weightlifting; Friday rest; Saturday either competition or sprint training; Sunday either competition or 60 minute distance with some balance exercises.

What are your goals for the future?

My greatest goal is to attend the Olympics and become a veterinarian.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

The kit that I cannot live without is my family. They are the ones that are always with my during tough times and great ones. They follow me everywhere, even during competitions in another country. I am so grateful to have them and I love them very much.

Why is Rest and Recovery important to your performance?

It is very important because it helps prevent against injuries, making my body stronger, and especially recover between trainings, which I believe is crucial.