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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 February 1986
185 cm
Athlete, Coach
Catalan, English, German, Spanish

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport?
Swimming was a family tradition as both his parents were coaches.
Club / Team
CN Sabadell: Spain
Name of coach
Alex Lopez [club], ESP

General Interest

In 2015 he underwent surgery on his left shoulder, which had been causing him pain since 2009. (, 17 Mar 2016;, 09 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2008, 2009 and 2010 he was named Athlete of the Year in Sabadell, Spain. (, 2011)
Famous relatives
His father Paulus served as coach of CN Sabadell swimming club in Spain. His brother Olaf represented Spain in swimming at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, before he began representing the Netherlands in 2006. Olaf went on to become a coach at Hovedstadens Svommeklub in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Olaf Wildeboer Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2018;, 28 Jul 2016;, 07 Jan 2008;, 02 Jun 2006)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 27 Nov 2017)
Other information
In July 2018 he joined the coaching staff of CN Sabadell to work on developing young swimmers. "Something that I would like to do is to help young swimmers with their technique. I want to get into the water, correct them, see them and make them see me. Many times, if it's just the coaches who give them instructions, these are quickly forgotten. It is very different if a swimmer teaches them and that could [help them] make a huge leap in their development." (, 06 Apr 2019, 19 Jul 2018;, 01 Oct 2018)

He did not compete from after the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona until 2015. During that period, his father Paulus died of cancer and he moved to live for a period in Australia. "I needed to disconnect, to get away a little," he said. Once again, he did not compete from early 2016 to November 2017. "Sports science, biomechanics, competition analysis, nutrition and recovery, have all advanced so much that now it is possible to extend a career, doing more effective training without burning out." (, 17 Mar 2016;, 27 Nov 2017)

His parents are Dutch and moved to Sabadell, Spain, in 1978 where his father became the coach of the local swimming club. He holds both Spanish and Dutch citizenship. He spent four years in Denmark being coached by his father before moving back to Spain in 2013 to prepare for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. (, 07 Jan 2008;, 17 Jul 2013)