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Béryl
Gastaldello
FranceFrance, FRA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 February 1995
Height
178 cm
Weight
66 kg
Family
Partner Zachary
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Business Management - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age eight, and began training seriously at age 16.
Club / Team
CN Marseille: France

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing the drums, skateboarding. (swimswam.com, 31 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was diagnosed with glandular fever four months before the 2012 Olympic Games. (laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"All things come to those who wait." (12thman.com, 19 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named to the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] All-American first team in 2015, 2016 and 2018. (a.espncdn.com, 01 Sep 2018)

She was named the 2015 Southeastern Conference [SEC] Female Freshman of the Year. She was also selected to the conference's first team three years in a row between 2015 and 2017. (12thman.com, 14 Apr 2015; a.espncdn.com, 01 Sep 2018)

She was named in the SEC Academic Honour Roll in 2016/17 and 2017/18 and the SEC First-Year Academic Honour Roll in 2014/15. (a.espncdn.com, 01 Sep 2018)
Famous relatives
Her mother Veronique Jardin represented France in swimming at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games. Her grandmother Amelie Mirkowitch and father Eric Gastaldello also competed in swimming. (ffnatation.fr, 27 Jun 2015; laprovence.com, 05 Apr 2015; leparisien.fr, 05 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (thebatt.com, 26 Sep 2016)
Other information
DEPRESSION
At the end of 2017 she suffered a bout of depression with severe anxiety that lasted five months. In late-2018 she said she made great strides following that stressful period. "I was in such a panic stage in my head that I did not understand what was going on. I could not even concentrate on people. I could not hold a conversation. I went downhill for real and I realised I needed to make some changes. I stopped swimming. I took a break. I could not sleep. I was on very intense medication. I'm almost completely back and that's pretty fast for where I've been. I had some help but I helped myself more than anything." (lequipe.fr, 23 May 2018; SwimSwam YouTube channel, 31 Oct 2018)

CONSULTANT
She is a consultant for UniAthletes, a sports talent service that offers guidance to student-athletes and their families as they navigate the process of US college recruitment. (uniathletes.com, 07 Feb 2019)