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Charlotte
Bonnet
FranceFrance, FRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 February 1995
Height
175 cm
Residence
Nice, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Police Officer
Languages
English, French

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her mother took her swimming as a baby in Brest, France. At age nine she joined the Nautique Brestois swimming club.
Why this sport?
Her parents were both swimmers and encouraged their children into the sport.
Club / Team
Olympic Nice Natation: France
Name of coach
Fabrice Pellerin [club], FRA, from 2010
Training Regime
She trains 35 hours a week. She incorporates pilates and taekwondo into her training routine.

General Interest

Nicknames
Chacha (pressagence.fr, 28 Apr 2013)
Hobbies
Shopping. (Twitter profile, 06 Jun 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a national record in the 100m freestyle at the 2018 French National Championships in Saint-Raphael, and winning four medals at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (lequipe.fr, 26 May 2018; lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
French swimmer Laure Manaudou. (7magazine.re, 13 Jan 2010)
Injuries
In the lead-up to the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she was bothered by a shoulder inflammation. (leparisien.fr, 21 Jul 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"In competition, I try to think only in the positive. In contrast, in training, I force myself to think in the negative to reboost myself." (lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the French National Order of Merit in 2012. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 01 Jan 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lefigaro.fr, 22 Dec 2016)
Other information
PSYCHOLOGIST
After a disappointing performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she began working with French sports psychologist Myriam Selmi. "I was inside a hole. I wanted to quit swimming after the Games. I have lost the joy of competition." She wanted to give her career a new push, as she struggled to deal with the death of former teammate Camille Muffat. "I was incapable of talking about her without crying. I wouldn't say I was depressed, because some people live far harder things, but I experienced some depressing phases. I lived though, obscure moments. Thanks to Myriam I could get rid of certain things." In mid-2018 she claimed three gold and one bronze medals at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. "In Glasgow I talked to her three times. It is a common trend forgetting how important mental and psychological aspects are for the athletes. All athletes should be followed [by a sports psychologist]. It saved my life. I would never had been European champion without Myriam." (lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)

SUPPORT FROM COACH
She believes long-time coach Fabrice Pellerin has helped her overcome some tough times in the sport. "He gives 150% of his time to swimming. When you have a coach such as that, as a swimmer, you want to invest yourself even more and show him the best of yourself. When I had questions and doubts, I told him and he knew how to make me rebound." (sport24.lefigaro.fr, 22 Jul 2019)

TAEKWONDO
In 2017 she incorporated taekwondo into her training routine. "It was an idea of my coach [Fabrice Pellerin] because I once told him I wanted to break my routine. It's very hard but I learn a lot. It allows me to develop my aggressiveness, something practically nonexistent in swimming. That has helped me to look my rivals in their eyes. I learn also to receive blows and I work with other muscles. Taekwondo is a dry sport and it is hyper though for us swimmers." (lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 she was named an ambassador for sport in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. She has also been part of the French gendarmerie's athlete division since 2014. She has also been named the image of an organisation against breast cancer in France. (departement06.fr, 09 Feb 2017; Centre National des Sports de la Defense's YouTube channel, 01 Jun 2018; lepoint.fr, 02 Oct 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied to become a veterinary assistant. (Instagram profile, 27 May 2018)