Aaron Botterman

Aaron Botterman

01/05/1994

About

The creative one. Aaron is the definition of ‘a gift that keeps on giving’. Born and raised in ‘De Pinte’, close to Ghent, Aaron started out as a multi-eventer but quickly realised that he was born to run two laps on the track. Now that he no longer is a student, Aaron targets some more big perfomances. As a lead-singer of his band ‘De Rappe Kerels’ he showcases his talents as a man of many talents.

Studies

Graduated as a Master of Rehabiliation Sciences and Physiotherapy

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2013
EC U20 800m, Rieti (silver medal)
2014
EC U23 800m, Tallinn (semi-finals)
2016
EC 800m, Amsterdam (semi-finals)
2017
Universiade 800m, Taipei (semi-finals)
2016 – 2017 – 2018
Belgian champion 800m
2019
Belgian champion 800m indoor

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
400m
47″92
2014
800m
1’46″17
2014
1000m
2’22″17
2018
1500m
3’50″04
2018

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @lemecrapide

Arne Vergison

Arne Vergison

16/04/2002

About

Speedy Gonzales. Arne has shown his potential in the youth categories already and is absolutely ready to shine. As a man of speed and power he might be the next big thing over 800m.

Studies

Arne is enrolled in a Bachelor in Rehabiliation Sciences and Physiotherapy

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2019
BC U18 800m (gold)
2019
BIC U18 800m (gold)
2018-2019
Youth Memorial Van Damme
2021
BC U20 800m (gold)

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
400m
49”62
2021
800m
1’52”21
2021
1000m
2’37″71
2019

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @arnevergison

Arnaud Mengal

Arnaud Mengal

8/11/1997

About

Triple power. Arnaud is the very first triathlete to join our ranks and has been a great addition to our team. After starting his journey as a triathlete at the age of 10 he aims to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, France.

Studies

Arnaud is currently enrolled in his third year at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, where he studies Physical Education.

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2019
European Cup Elite, Liévin (4th)
2019
European Cup Elite, Olsztyn (10th)
2019
EC Elite Sprint Race, Kazan (11th)
2019
EC Elite Sprint Race, Kazan (11th)
2019
EC Mixed Relay U23, Valencia (5th)
2019
WC U23 Duathlon, Pontevedra (gold medal)

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
800m
1’56″68
2019
1500m
4’03″54
2018
3000m (i)
8’26″95
2019
5000m
14’37″81
2020

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @arnaudmengal

Killian Zicari

Killian Zicari

19/9/99

About

The hard worker. Killian is burning with ambition to partake in the longer distances events. His mentality to work hard for it day in day out is an example for many. Every step is a step in the right direction and who knows what this man is capable of in the future?

Studies

Master industrial engineering

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
1500m
3’58’’87
2020
3000m
8’23’’00
2020
5000m
14’27’’22
2020

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @killian_zicari

Dieter Kersten

Dieter Kersten

25/10/96

About

The funny guy. Dieter has a great sense of humor, but in competitions, you better take him seriously. The adjustment period in our group is definitely behind us. He is ready to do better than ever before!

Studies

Master commercial sciences

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2015
EC U20 Eskilstuna 5.000m/10.000m
2015
Bronze (10k), EC XC U20 Hyères
2016
8ste, EC XC U23 Chia
2017
Silver with Team Belgium, EC U23 Bydgoszcz 10.000m
2018
EC XC U23 Tilburg
2019
Universiade Napoli
2021
OS Tokio

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
3000m
8’06’’90
2017
5000m
13’50’’09
2017
10 000m
28’46’’25
2018
HM
1u02’43
2021
Marathon
2h10’22
2021

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @dieterkersten

Robin Hendrix

Robin Hendrix

14/1/95

About

The race machine. Robin remained under the radar for years due to injury. The last years, his steep progression could hardly be tracked. This man is a top talent that invariably manages to rise above himself in competitions. His perseverance is unseen.

Studies

Bachelor architecture

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2017
EC XC U23 Samorin
2018
Silver with Team Belgium, ECCC Mira
2018
Silver with OEH, EC Berlin 5000m
2018
EC XC Tilburg
2019
ECCC Albufeira
2019
4th, EC Indoor Glasgow 3000m
2019
Universiade Napoli 5000m
2019
Bronze, WC Doha 5000m
2019
EC XC Lisbon Mixed Relay
2021
OS Tokio

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
800m
1’49’’57
2017
1500m
3’39’11
2018
3000m
7’46’’76i
2019
5000m
13’19’’50
2019
10000m
28’01”65
2021

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @robin.hn3x

Simon Debognies

Simon Debognies

16/7/96

About

The role model. From the start of his running career, Simon has been closely supervised by coach Tim. The combination of years of smart training and the will to get there has already led him to several European successes. Simon is a man with a mission.

Job

Professional athlete for Belgian Defense

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2014
EC XC U20 Samokov
2015
EC U20 Eskilstuna 5000m
2015
Silver, EC XC U20 Hyères
2016
EC XC U23 Chia
2017
8th & Silver with Team Belgium, EC U23 Bydgoszcz 5000m
2017
Silver, Universiade Taipei 5000m
2017
5th, EC XC U23 Samorin
2018
6th & Silver with Team Belgium, ECCC Mira
2018
Silver with OEH, EC Berlin 10.000m
2018
EC XC U23 Tilburg

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
1500m
3’41’’53
2017
3000m
7’46’’24
2021
5000m
13’23’’58
2021
10 000m
27’57”29
2018

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @simondebognies

Thomas De Bock

Thomas De Bock

20/8/91

About

The godfather. Despite his still young age, Thomas is the oldest team member. He has been active on the marathon for a few years, but he also has a lot of experience on the track and in XC. He is always ready to share his experience with the rest of the group!

Studies

Master in history, master in business economics, master EU-studies, PhD sport management

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2009
EC XC U20 Dublin
2015
European Cup Heraklion 5000m
2015
EC XC Hyères
2017
Universiade Taipei half marathon
2018
ECCC Mira
2019
Silver with OEH, WC Doha marathon

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
1500m
3’44’’62
2013
3000m
8’02’’30
2016
5000m
14’04’’22
2015
10000m
30’12’’00
2016
HM
1h03’25”
2021
Marathon
2h11’27″
2021

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @thomas.debock

Manuel De Backer

Manuel De Backer

14/7/96

About

The wannabe Dutchie. Manuel has the Dutch nationality, but lives in Belgium. In recent years he studied and trained in the United States before making the big crossing to our team. His national youth selections let the best shine out for the coming years. No lack of enthusiasm!

Studies

Bachelor in business administration, postgraduate in asset management

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2014
EC XC U20 Samokov
2015
EC U20 Eskilstuna 5000m/10.000m
2017
EC U23 Bydgoszcz 10.000m
2017
EC XC U23 Samorin
2018
EC XC U23 Tilburg
2019
Universiade Napoli 10.000m

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
3000m
8’10’’97
2017
5000m
14’15’’99
2018
10 000m
29’29’’17
2017

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @manuel_debacker

Philip Cortvriendt

Philip Cortvriendt

29/11/94

About

The miler. Philip prefers the 1500m and the mile above any other event. These distances perfectly match his abilities as an athlete. He already has showed his potential in Belgium, but the ambition to make his mark abroad has a strong presence!

Job

Physiotherapist

Achievements

Year
Role of Honour
2011
EYOF Trabzon 3000m
2013
ECCC U20 Castellon
2018
ECCC Mira
2019
Silver with OEH, ECCC Albufeira

PB's

Distance
Time
Year
800m
1’52’’13
2020
1500m
3’43’48
2016
3000m
8’03’59
2018

Social

Follow me on Instagram: @philip_cortvriendt