As a longstanding partner of women’s tennis through its partnership with the French Tennis Federation and the French Open, ENGIE is a major contributor to this sport. Team ENGIE now includes many top-level competitors in disciplines as varied as tennis, sailing, windsurfing and athletics. For some of them, the Rio Olympics is the major focus for 2016. Read their profiles.
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Pierre Le Coq
Pierre Le Coq was just 9 when he started windsurfing. Selected three times for the World Youth Championships, he has achieved three podium finishes. At that point, Pierre Le Coq gave up windsurfing completely to focus on his studies. When he decided in 2009 to get back on the board, his return as a senior was complicated, not only technically, but also physically. But he finally regained his level through sheer determination and motivation. In 2011, he finished 5th in the European Championships, and became the training partner and substitute for Julien Bontemps at the 2012 Olympics. In 2013, Pierre entered the World Top 10 for the first time, and finished 3rd in the European Championships. In 2015, the sports crescendo rises throughout the preparation for 2016 Olympics : he won the stage World Cup in Hyeres and bronze medalist at the Test Event in Rio in the summer of 2015 before becoming Champion world in October 2015. The Olympic Games in Rio he won the bronze medal in the RS category X.
Supported by ENGIE since 2009, Alex Caizergues is the fastest man in kitesurfing, thanks to the kite world speed record of 56.62 kn (65.13 mph) he set on November 11, 2013. Having windsurfed since he was a teenager, it was in 2002 that Alex Caizergues discovered kitesurfing, which had emerged as a sport only a couple of years earlier. It wasn’t long before it had become his life. He competed in his first event in April 2005 at the Mondial du Vent, finishing 12th; a result that persuaded him to turn his passion into his career. Alex Caizergues has been France’s most successful kitesurfer for the last nine years. He has proved his skill not only in kitesurfing, but in other extreme sports, including sailing. With three World Championships and two French Championships for speed, three kite world speed records and two world sailing records across all categories, he has received more media exposure than any other French kitesurfer, and joined the French national kitesurfing team in 2009.
Born in 1994, Mickael Zézé is a member of the Val-de-Reuil Athlétique Club (VRAC) and the French national athletics squad. In 2011, he won bronze in the 100 meters at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics. In 2013, whilst still a junior, he was selected as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team to compete at the World Championships in Moscow. At the qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was again selected for the 4×100-meter relay team, and will run behind French champion France Christophe Lemaitre. It’s likely that he will make the transition to 200-meter racing, where he holds the French youth record at 21.05 seconds.