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FAVA Alex

epee
Rank49
Pts39.00
Age30
HandR

Personal Information

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Athlete, Communications Professional

Languages French

Higher education Law - University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne: Paris, FRA

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup-1-1
Paris (FRANCE), 2014-05-02
Grand Prix-1-1
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2018-03-23

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age five at the MUC club in Montpellier, France, under the guidance of master at arms Yves Barthelemy.

Club / Team Saint-Gratien CE: Saint-Gratien, FRA

Name of coach Sebastien Barrois [national], FRA

Training Regime He trains at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Favelas (escrime-saintgratien.org, 2011)

Injuries He sustained a wrist injury after colliding with fellow Frenchman Yannick Borel during a bout at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (leparisien.fr, 11 May 2018)

In 2014 he sustained a cerebral haemorrhage after a fall. (leparisien.fr, 11 May 2018)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (celsalab.fr, 08 Dec 2017)

Other information OCCUPATION
He balances his work as an athlete with his job as a communications officer at BRED Banque populaire, a bank in France. "People think that [high-level athletes] are rolling in cash, that they find automatically find a job in their sport once their career is finished. Neither is true for me. I would not be able to continue without my employment. We cannot compare with the Italian or Korean fencers who are paid by their federations to do their sport. They live off fencing because it is their job. But we do not." (BRED Banque Facebook page, 17 May 2019; leparisien.fr, 11 May 2018; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018; celsalab.fr, 08 Dec 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After finishing a bachelor degree in law in 2011, he spent two years studying at the CFJ journalism school in Paris, France. He then gained entry into the ESCP Europe business school, where he completed a master's degree in management. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018; celsalab.fr, 08 Dec 2017)

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