Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Serves in the Air Force, Student
Languages English, French
Higher education Physiotherapy - National School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation [ENKRE]: Saint-Maurice, FRA
|Paris (FRANCE), 2014-01-17||Bonn (GERMANY), 2017-02-10||La Havane (CUBA), 2014-05-23|
|Tokyo (JAPAN), 2014-11-07|
|Paris (FRANCE), 2015-01-16|
|Bonn (GERMANY), 2018-11-09|
|Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-16|
|St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2014-03-01||Turin (ITALY), 2016-12-02|
|Venise (ITALY), 2014-03-15||Turin (ITALY), 2017-12-01|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age five in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe.
Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after watching French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic compete at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on television. "The foil suits me, because the objective and main priority is to attack. It's more lively, and I am more of an active fencer than a tactical one, so it's a weapon that suits me."
Club / Team Melun Val de Seine [CEMVS]: Paris, FRA
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA
Training Regime He trains at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.
Nicknames Zozo (Facebook profile, 19 Apr 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in team foil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (letudiant.fr, 17 Jan 2017)
Injuries He injured his left knee in 2012. (leparisien.fr, 28 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours He was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Military Championships in Acireale, Italy. (Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2017; Facebook page, 13 Sep 2017)
In 2016 he was named Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 01 Dec 2016)
In 2016 he received the medal of the city of Melun, France. (actu.fr, 15 Oct 2016)
Ambitions To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (horace.co, 01 Jun 2018)
Other information CARIBBEAN TO EUROPE
He was born in French Guiana, an overseas region of France in the Caribbean, to parents from Guadeloupe. The family moved to Gourbeyre, Guadeloupe, when he was age three. As a teenager his talent saw him offered the chance to move to mainland France to join the national training hub [Pole France] in Chatenay-Malabry, and in 2010 he entered the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris. (INSEP TV YouTube Channel, 18 Jan 2017; 97land.com, 22 Aug 2015; horace.co, 2018)
He completed a degree in physiotherapy in 2018, and has also worked as a social media manager for his partner's business and the Sport Etude magazine in France. "Fencing remains an amateur sport that doesn't attract many sponsors. Our careers may last until we are 34 or 35 years old, so I have to add a few more strings to my bow. It helps me to think about other things [than fencing], which is very important if things aren't going well. Our sport is very mental, and you have to be able to just let some things go." (Facebook page, 04 Jul 2018; horace.co, 01 Jun 2018)
He joined the French air force as part of the 'Army of Champions' programme for elite athletes. (sports.defense.gouv.fr, 18 Sep 2018)
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