Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Journalist, Media Professional - Television
Languages English, French
Higher education Communications, Journalism - Journalist Training Centre [CFJ] Paris: France
|St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2018-05-04||Tokyo (JAPAN), 2019-12-13|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age five at the Issy Mousquetaires club in Paris, France. He also played football until age 14, at which point he decided to focus on fencing. At age 19 he left the family home to live and train at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] with the French national team.
Why this sport? "I started fencing when I was five simply because I wanted to be like my heroes at the time, Zorro and D'Artagnan. I was encouraged to try the foil and as it turned out it was the weapon that suited me best. For me, fencing is more than just a sport. Everything I've learnt and experienced in fencing has helped in my life outside of sport. For example, learning that you have to work hard to achieve your goals because talent alone is not enough. Fencing also teaches respect for others. It is a sport that has helped complete my education, and helped me develop as an individual."
Club / Team Issy Mousquetaire: Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRA
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA
Nicknames Max, Pingou (Facebook profile, 06 Jun 2019; baku2015.com, 25 Jun 2015)
Hobbies Football. (Instagram profile, 25 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning his first World Cup event, in May 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. (ISSY TV YouTube, 23 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I am learning to be patient. It's difficult to make progress if you're always focusing on the goal ahead and lose sight of the process of getting there. You have to learn to make the most of the moment, to enjoy the journey. This is something I am truly starting to understand this year . It's OK to chase big dreams, but if you want to actually achieve them you have to focus on enjoying the journey, not the destination." (lequipe.fr, 11 Jan 2019)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. "Short term my objective is Tokyo in 2020, but I will be 31 for the 2024 Olympics in Paris so that is a long term goal. It will be amazing to compete at a Games being held practically in my own neighbourhood, in front of all my family and friends." (ISSY TV YouTube, 23 Oct 2018)
Other information TURNING POINT
He said that the individual World Cup gold medal that he won in 2018 was a turning point for his self-belief and attitude towards fencing. In the two previous years he had served as a replacement for the French senior team for the world and European championships, as well as the 2016 Olympic Games, and was questioning his future in the sport. "At age 24 I couldn't waste any more time, I had to decide whether elite sport was really for me. Winning a [first] World Cup allowed me to believe in myself, to believe that I deserved to be here [at the highest level]. From that point forward, I decided to give everything to fencing, and invest 200% to achieve my objectives. That victory helped me regain my confidence after two years of doubt." (ISSY TV YouTube, 23 Oct 2018; lemondedelescrime.wordpress.com, 08 Jun 2018)
After finishing his studies in journalism he has worked as a presenter on the web show 'The Lounge' for INSEP TV, the online channel for the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance in Paris, France. (LinkedIn profile, 2018)
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