Following the request of Mrs. Marina Magnan , Head of FSEF Communication, Handiamo ! conceived and organized the first edition of the FSEF Olympiads on Tuesday, April the 12th of 2016 in the FSEF center of Neufmoutiers-en Brie, in close cooperation with the FSEF and the teams of the Neufmoutiers center.
The FSEF asked Handiamo ! to design a unifying event that involves all employees and patients of the FSEF centers and clinics, but also the headquarters employees.
8 teams coming from all over France, composed of representatives of the 12 centers of the FSEF and employees of the board have thus competed in four Paralympic sports: table tennis, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair basketball and handcycle.
To frame the sports events, Handiamo ! has involved disabled sports champions of each sport, who will defend the colors of France during the next Paralympic Games in Rio, as well as high-level coaches.
Standing from the left to the right : Fabienne Saint Omer Délépine and Blandine Belz (wheelchair basketball French team), Thomas Martin (fencing masters), Jean Yves Huet (Alim Latrèche fencing masters and French team coach), Stéphane Denoyelle (fencing masters), David Schoenacker (National wheelchair basket Sports Director), Eric Angles (coach of Maxime Thomas and of the French table tennis team), Thu Kamkasomphou (disbled table tennis World N°1), Véronique Prigent (Thu Kamkaomphou’s coach).
In a wheelchair from the left to the right : Oumy Fall, Juliette Watine and Agnès Etavard-Glemp (wheelchair basketball French team), Maxime Thomas (table tennis World N°3), Mathieu Bosredon (handcycle World N°3), Alim Latrèche (3 times medalist during the London Paralympic Games).
Framed by these great champions and their coaches, teams have engaged in fierce fighting in a friendly atmosphere.
Table tennis competition Wheelchair basketball competition
Wheelchair fencing competition Team briefing before the handcycle competition
The participants (nearly 100 competitors) and the many supporters (more than 300) of the teams then had the privilege to attend sporting demonstrations performed by the disabled champions.
Maxime Thomas Thu Kamkasomphou
Exhibition between the French woman team and a CS Meaux men team.
Interview of Mathieu Bosredon after an exhibition which impressed the spectators.
End of the wheelchair fencing exhibition between Alim Latrèche and Thomas Martin, the fencing masters.
At the end of the competition and exhibitions, a conference was held during which the disabled sports champions have responded to numerous and rich questions asked by the students, patients and employees of the FSEF.
The first edition of the FSEF Olympiads have been brilliantly won by the Neufmoutiers team.
The trophy was presented by Christian Forestier, President of the FSEF, Jean Jacques Barbaux, President of the Seine et Marne County Council, and Vincent Beaugrand, CEO of the FSEF.
All teams participating in the FSEF Olympiads together on the podium in front of their supporters.
« Thanks to the whole Handiamo ! team. This event would not have that dimension without you! A big thank you to the athletes for their availability and their kindness. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you. We share the same values. » said after the event Marina Magnan, Head of the FSEF Communication.
« Congratulations and a big thank you to the team of Handiamo ! because it was a very important event for the Foundation, and the result was beyond what I thought possible, » said Vincent Beaugrand, CEO of the FSEF, at the end of this first edition of the FSEF Olympiads.