Beyond the childhood dream I had for a few years, I needed to give meaning to my career and to feel useful to society. 100 years since France hosted the Summer Olympic Games and the first time France will host the Paralympic Games, it is a unique opportunity to strive for inclusion, accessibility, equality, climate and ecology…
I am convinced that each of us has a role to play for our future on this planet. We have to act as individuals, but also take advantage of our small or big notoriety as athletes during the Games to have a positive impact on young people and companies.
Sport is a central pillar in society that is not used and valued enough, whether it be sport for health and well-being, to promote social ties, for the planet and nature…
As an athlete, there are two ways to get involved. One way is by making progress yourself. For example: I travel almost exclusively by bicycle and public transport for my daily commute, I choose training sites that are accessible by train and avoid flying as much as possible, I eat locally and almost no meat and fish, I buy second-hand clothes. Every step taken by an individual is progress to reduce our footprint.
We need to take advantage of our fame to raise our voices, to get involved with associations, to use sport as a lever for awareness, and education. It is also an important aspect when choosing my sponsors who need to represent my commitments.
The ecological and social commitments made by sportsmen and women are not yet sufficiently highlighted. It is up to the athletes to continue and accentuate their actions and to the media, brands and events like Paris 2024 to share, support and accompany these committed athletes, whose voice is heard by millions of people.
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