ENGIE is currently supporting thirteen high-level athletes, nine of whom competed in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In December 2014, ENGIE was one of the first companies to join France’s Performance Pact, an initiative by the Ministry of Sports to boost the performance of French teams at the 2016 Olympics. Back then, the Group sponsored a Team of five athletes including Hélène Defrance and Pierre Le Coq, who each won a bronze medal in sailing. ENGIE employees showed strong support for the athletes both during their training and at the Games in Brazil.
In 2019, ENGIE again confirmed its support for French athletes as they began to prepare for the Games in Tokyo and Paris. This long-term support for French sport, which ENGIE has now been sponsoring for 30 years, is a grassroots commitment which focuses on regional cooperation as well as the development of sport throughout France. The Group’s sporting partnerships aim to address the issues facing our key regions and local authorities.
The choice of athletes was made in association with the Ministry and our regional delegates, with the aim of strengthening the Group’s regional influence and addressing the issues facing our key regions by operating on a local level and getting involved in our communities. The athletes we recruit, chosen with ENGIE Regional Delegates, are ambassadors of our work to boost the regional fabric.
Pierre LE COQ
RS:X and iFoil windsurfing - ENGIE ambassador in Saint-Brieuc
Pierre Le Coq, 32 years old, is an ambassador for the Saint-Brieuc group and has been part of the ENGIE Team through the Performance Pact since 2016. He is a member of the Pôle France sailing centre in Brest and of the French Olympic team. The Breton athlete qualified for the only spot in RS:X for Rio in 2016 thanks to his RS:X World Championships victory in Oman at the end of 2015. His first Olympic appearance - in which he received a bronze medal - was a success.
Not only is Pierre le Coq a high-level athlete and a bronze medallist from Rio in 2016, he is also a dental surgeon, obtaining a diploma while preparing for the Olympics, thus ensuring his future professional reconversion.
Following a hiatus from sports after Rio in 2016, he started training again in 2018 with the Olympics in mind. The bronze medal that he received during the first stage of the 2019 World Championships in Miami and the gold medal in the France Elite Championships are very promising. Unfortunately, he finished 6th at the 2020 World Championships in Australia (2nd in France), which is not enough for him to secure the only male spot for France at the Tokyo Games. The ENGIE Team champion has therefore set his gaze on a new objective for the 2024 Paris Games in which he will opt for a new format; the iFoil, an upgraded version of the RS:X board.
|2021||7th at the RS:X World Championships|
13th at the iQfoil World Championships
|2020||6th in the RS :X World Championship|
|2019||3rd in the RS :X World Championship|
|2018||Winner of the Hyères World Cup Series (France)|
|2017||2nd at the World Sailing World Cup Series, Miami|
|2016||Bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in Rio|
|2015||World champion – Oman|
World cup winner - Hyères (France)
Surfing - ENGIE Ambassador: Biarritz / Anglet
With two World Junior Champion titles (2006 and 2008), Pauline Ado joins the exclusive circle of the WSL Championship Tour in 2011, a competition that brings together the top female surfers in the world. She comes in 9th in her first year of participation. In 2017 however, the Basque surfer adds two World Champion titles to her list of achievements. A team title and an individual title at the ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz. She does all of this in her home region and in front of her family and friends.
On the “World Qualifying Series” circuit, the competitions follow one another throughout the world. In 2019, the team ENGIE surfer wins two European titles in a row; in Caparica and in Zarautz.
In 2020, Pauline Ado carries on with her efforts to qualify and gets off to a good start with a victory at the Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas in Tenerife (Spain) and a bronze medal in Newcastle during her Australian tour.
Following the 2021 World Championships in El Salvador, Pauline qualified for the Olympic Games and took part in surfing’s first appearance at the Olympics After a well-deserved qualification to the 2nd round, Pauline had to go through the repechage in order to qualify for the finals. Unfortunately, due to difficult weather conditions such as strong lateral winds, the morning of the round of 16 did not go as she had planned. Despite a fierce performance, Pauline was not able to outperform the Australian Sally Fitzgibbons, 3rd in the world. Although she was hoping for greater results, this initial experience of the Games brought many valuable lessons and new motivations for the ENGIE Team surfer, now preparing herself for Paris in 2024.
A strong advocate of ocean protection, Pauline became a Surf Rider ambassador in order to defend the natural sites that she cherishes. Following the forest fires near Anglet in 2021, Pauline was quick to mobilise her community and act as a local ambassador to help the Ajudam Pignada association raise funds for reforestation.
Since 2009, Pauline has also been the sponsor of the Handi Surf association, her objective being to pass on her passion and ensure that surfing is accessible to all people with disabilities.
|2021||Participation in surfing’s first appearance at the Olympics|
6th at the ISA World Championships in El Salvador and World Champion in the team event
|2020||3rd at Surfest Newcastle / 2nd Victory at Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas in Tenerife (QS 1500)|
|2019||Victory at Cabreiroá Pro Zarautz (QS 1500)|
|2018||7th at the ISA World Surfing Games|
|2017||Nations World Champion / ISA World Champion|
|2013||9th at the WSL Championships|
|2009||Junior World Champion|
Between 2014 and 2017, Cassandre won a host of championship titles in France in short-distance triathlon and all age categories. Internationally, Cassandre became runner-up at the Junior World Championships (2014) and was named Junior European Champion (2016). She was also runner-up at the World Championships in the mixed relay triathlon (two women-two men).
In 2018, Cassandre continued her rise to international success, winning three titles with the French team: World, European and French Championships. She also became the first French woman to win a leg of the World Triathlon Series (WTS) World Cup in Hamburg.
In February 2019, in Singapore, Cassandra demonstrated her huge potential by winning the final round (enduro) of the Super League final, a competition that attracts the best triathletes in the world, confirming her status as a rising triathlon star.
September 2019 saw Cassandre go on to pick up two gold medals at the French Championships 2019. The Team ENGIE triathlete won the individual event and the mixed relay with her club team, Poissy.
Her 2020 season got off to a difficult start with a foot injury that prevented her from competing. The postponement to 2021 is finally a real blessing for Cassandra.
2021 began well for Cassandre! Following a triumphant return during the first round of the Melilla European Cup – the first international event of the year – the world mixed relay champion got through to 10th place in the World Triathlon Series (WGS) in Yokohama in Japan. This fantastic performance was enough for the Team ENGIE triathlete to win all the precious points she needed and book her place in the Tokyo Olympics!
For her second Olympics, Cassandre Beaugrand was unlucky during her individual race. The Team ENGIE triathlete unfortunately had to abandon her race after suffering a puncture at the start of the cycling.
Despite this disappointment in the individual event, Cassandre managed to bounce back with the France triathlon team for the first Olympic mixed relay event. This team, made up of Léonie Périault, Cassandre Beaugrand, Dorian Coninx and Vincent Luis got France its first medal since triathlon first featured in the Olympics in 2000. Forced to play catch-up after the first relay, Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luiz, the last two relay athletes, managed to make up for lost time and finish in third position, just behind Great Britain and the US.
So the Team ENGIE athlete gets to go home with a bronze medal.
|2021||Bronze medal in the mixed relay in the Tokyo Olympics|
10th in Yokohama in the WTS (World Triathlon Series)
|2020||World Champion in mixed relay, Hamburg (September)|
|2019||Victory in Singapore in the Super League Series|
|2018||Victory in Hamburg in the WTS (World Triathlon Series) |
Gold medal at the World mixed team relay championships (Germany)
Gold medal at European mixed team relay championships (Great Britain)
Bronze medal at the Individual European championships (Great Britain)
|2017||Gold medal at the European junior championships (Portugal)|
Elodie began her career as a swimmer: a member of Pôle France at Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, she was then coached by Philippe Lucas in Canet-en-Roussillon. In 2008, at the French Swimming Championships, she just missed out on qualifying for the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Elodie then decided to focus her attention on the Modern Pentathlon, and joined INSEP in September 2008. In 2010, she won the bronze medal at the French Championships, the Junior World Championships and the European Team Championships. The following year, she became French Champion for the Modern Pentathlon, and finished third in the final round of the World Cup, which took place in London.
When she opted for the modern pentathlon, Elodie discovered a discipline that combines five military skills and joined the army of champions. Most of her horse-riding practice took place with the French republican guard, where she was initially a brigadier-in-chief, then a sub-lieutenant, before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant, in a demonstration of her loyalty to the French gendarmerie. She is also a sponsor of the “Gendarmes de Cœur” association, which helps members of the gendarmerie affected by illness, disability or the loss of a loved one.
On March 17, 2012, she won the World Cup in Rio and qualified for the London Games.
She also qualified for the Rio 2016, taking silver, which was the first individual Olympic medal for France in the Modern Pentathlon.
After her Olympic success, she struggled to return to competition, with results that failed to match the Team ENGIE athlete’s own high expectations.
But through sheer hard work and determination, Elodie has made progress year after year, and her target is a gold medal in the Games.
In 2021, Team ENGIE’s athlete became World Vice Champion in Cairo (Egypt), winning a silver medal and booking her place in the Tokyo Olympics!
Despite her Olympic experience in Rio, Elodie Clouvel could only secure sixth position in the Tokyo Games. After some difficulties on the first day with the fencing event because of a problem with her heel, the Team ENGIE athlete began her second day in only 24th place. Thanks to her previous experience as a professional swimmer and her competitive spirit, Elodie managed to climb up a few places in the general ranking after securing third place in the 200 m freestyle swim. With a lot of momentum, she was able to begin the show jumping with a little more peace of mind. Before the laser run, the Saint-Etienne ENGIE ambassador had a 25-second handicap to make up. Unfortunately, Elodie’s very best efforts were not enough. Although she did manage to climb up two places in the last event and finish in sixth place in the overall ranking – better than any of her teammates.
Well done Elodie – a tremendous fighting spirit despite a foot injury!
|2021||Sixth in the Olympic Games|
Runner-up in the World Championships in Egypt
|2020||3rd in the Indoor Meeting in Budapest, Hungary|
|2019||6th in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary|
|2018||13th Women's Individual World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico|
|2017||26th Women’s Individual World Championships in Cairo, Egypt|
|2016||Olympic silver medalist at the RIO Games |
Runner-up in the World Championships in Moscow (Russia)
|2015||Runner-up in the European Championships in Bath (Great Britain)|
|2012||First participation at the London Olympics (ranked 31st)|
Competing in the under 78 kg category, she began judo at the FJEP-Chambly club before furthering her athletic career at Judo Amiens Métropole Picardie.
Seen as a future great prospect of French judo, she joins INSEP in 2010 to continue her development before joining the Levallois Sporting Club in 2013. She becomes champion of France in the under 78 kg category in 2014. The French judoka continues to grow in strength, adding two Grand SLAMs in 2015, in Samsun and Baku, to her list of victories. Madeleine also wins the team gold medal at the European Championships with the French team. In parallel to her athletic career, Madeleine joined the Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI) at the St Maurice National Hospital to become a paediatric nurse. In this context, she joins the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris association, which groups 39 hospitals and operates in the field of health research, particularly to combat the coronavirus crisis. Madeleine Malonga thus becomes an ambassador due to her personality and the values that she embodies as an Olympic athlete. Although she has stopped her studies to pursue her sporting career, she remains an ambassador for the association which she holds close to her heart and which she did not hesitate to promote on her social networks during the health crisis by appealing to her community for donations in order to support medical staff in difficult conditions.
In 2017, she builds up her experience to perform at the highest international level, participating in the St Petersburg Masters where she finishes second. She then becomes the European Champion in Tel Aviv in 2018.
The 2019 season starts well for Madeleine with a first victory at the Grand Slam in Paris, subsequently reaching her highest level in August as a World Champion in Tokyo. With the support provided by Group, the judoka continues her work and starts off 2020 the same way she did in 2019 - with a victory at the Paris Grand Slam.
Madeleine begins 2021 by confirming her status as world champion in under 78 kg, winning the Doha Masters in May, the only one organised due to the pandemic. This victory allowed her to compete in Tokyo.
Last June, Madeleine was unable to retain her world championship title that she was awarded in Tokyo in 2019. The 27-year-old French athlete was defeated in the final. The silver medal comes as a disappointment to her, as she had hoped for better results before this summer. As such, Madeleine travelled to Japan seeking vengeance!
Unfortunately, Madeleine had to settle for a silver medal in the individual event.
After an easy first round win, the French athlete had to roll up her sleeves in the ¼ final against Kaliema Antomarchi. She ended up winning with a skilful ippon in the golden score round. In the semi-final, “Mado” dominated the entire time and gave no openings to her opponent Hyunji Yoon, thus pushing her to foul three times, and ultimately securing herself a place in the final. Unfortunately, the 2019 World Champion was unable to do anything in the final against Shori Hamada, her runner-up in the world ranking. In just a minute, Madeleine was defeated over ippon by immobilisation. This was a disappointing loss for Madeleine which she had to quickly recover from in order to prepare for the mixed team competition two days later. The matches were a success! The French mixed judo team, composed of Clarisse Agbégnénou, Sarah-Leonie Cysique, Margaux Pinot, Romane Dicko, Madeleine Malonga, Amandine Buchard, Kilian Le Blouch, Alexandre Iddir, Guillaume Chaine and Teddy Riner, won in this new format against Japan, who are the favourites in this discipline. As such, Madeleine Malonga brings home two medals from Tokyo; gold in teams and silver in individual! A stunning performance for her first participation.
|2021||Olympic champion in the mixed team event|
Winner of the Doha Masters (Qatar)
World runner-up in Budapest
|2020||Paris Grand Slam winner / European Champion in Prague|
|2019||World Champion in Tokyo (Japan)|
Paris Grand Slam winner
|2018||European Champion in Tel Aviv (Israel)|
Zagreb Grand Prix winner (Croatia)
|2017||European Champion in Malaga (Spain)|
Champion of France in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
|2016||Samson Grand Prix winner (Turkey)|
Before arriving at this victory, Luka had to leave his native country, Georgia, at the age of 13, following the war with Russia. He arrived in France, in the Val-de-Marne, on 10 March 2010 with the help of a smuggler. He and his family were then sent to a home with other refugees in Le Havre. Both talented and motivated, he joined the Le Havre judo club and, as such, benefited from the intervention of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was at the time the mayor of Le Havre, to obtain French nationality in 2015.
Brimming with potential, Luka’s sporting career was now ready to take off. Following the Pôle Espoir de Rouen training centre, the judoka arrived in Sucy in 2016 and joined the INSEP one year later.
Since 2017, Luka has been regularly participating in major international, continental and national events. In 2017, he took 2nd place at the European Cup in Malaga and Dubrovnik, and became Junior Champion of France. In 2018, he won the Madrid Open and claimed silver in Cancun and Minsk before also becoming Champion of France through his team in 2018 with Sucy.
The start of 2021 was punctuated with several victories for Luka. After winning a bronze medal at the Tashkent Grand Slam, the Team ENGIE judoka became European runner-up in Lisbon. These wonderful performances helped him stand out and qualify. In Tokyo, Luka kicked-off with a spectacular victory against Spain’s Francisco Garrigos, an adversary to whom he had lost in the final of the European Championships in April. He then went on to the next round where he outperformed the Ukrainian Artem Lesiuk. In the semi-finals, he unfortunately loses in the golden score round to the Taiwanese Yung Wei Yang in an extremely tough fight. Although exhausted, Luka’s strong spirit - which he had developed since his youth - allowed him to quickly recover and dominate Korea’s Kim Won-Jin a half hour later in the match for 3rd place. After fleeing the war in Georgia, Luka arrived in France in 2010, and moved the whole nation by winning the French delegation’s first medal. Congratulations, Luka!
|2021||Bronze medal at the Olympics|
3rd at the Tashkent Grand Slam (Uzbekistan)
2nd at the European Championships in Lisbon (Portugal)
|2020||3rd at the Budapest Grand Slam|
|2019||2nd at the European Club Championships team event |
3rd at the European Open Seniors individual event - Luxembourg
7th at the European Seniors Championships - Minsk (Belarus)
|2018||2nd at the Cancún Grand Prix (Mexico)|
2nd at the Minsk Continental Open (Belarus)
3rd at the Sofia Continental Open (Bulgaria)
1st at the European Open in Madrid
|2017||2nd at the Malaga European Cup (Spain) and Dubrovnik (Croatia)|
3rd at the European Open in Bucharest
2nd at the African Open
Athletics – ENGIE Ambassador at Lille Métropole
22-year-old Wilfried Happio, from Bourg-la-Reine in the suburbs of Paris, is a French 400-meters hurdler.
One of the great hopes of French Athletics, he finished twice on the podium at the 2017 European Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, winning the 400m hurdles and taking silver in the 4x400m.
Following these early successes, he went on to win several titles in his favorite event, the 400 meters hurdles:
• French Champion in 2019 (Saint Etienne, France)
• European U23 Champion in 2019 (Gävle, Sweden)
• Participation in the World Championships in 2019 (Doha, Qatar)
In November 2019, he joined the Lille Métropole Athletics club (LMA) and he became French Elite Champion for the first time. The ENGIE Team athlete will not stop on this victory as he will keep his French Champion title in 2020 and in 2021 during the French Athletics Championships in Angers (49). Great performances that allowed him to stand out and to get his precious sesame for Tokyo.
An accolade for this extremely promising young man in French athletics who was not prepared to wait until 2024 for his first taste of the Olympics
For his first Olympic Games, Wilfried Happio ranked fifth (49:39), which opened the doors of the semi-finals for him.
Unfortunately, competition in the finals was just a little too stiff for the ENGIE ambassador from the Lille area.
Still, a valuable experience for Wilfried before Paris. Congratulations to him!
|2021||Participation in the Olympic Games|
|2020||French Champion / Winner of the Palio Citta Della Quercia|
|2019||U23 European Champion|
|2018||U20 European Champion|
Table tennis – ENGIE ambassador in Marseille
Fabien Lamirault is from Nans-les-Pins (Var department), 41 years old, married and has three children. He is a French para table tennis player.
At 17, Fabien became a quadriplegic following a car accident. Athletic by nature, he discovers table tennis while in rehabilitation. Fabien very quickly finds his calling: once his rehabilitation completed, he joins the CSINI (Cercle Sportif de l'Institution Nationale des Invalides de Paris) where he meets his current coach, Fabrice Kosiak.
He takes part in his first international competition in Sicily in 2003. Although he is held back for a few years due to administrative complications around the recognition of his correct disability category (class 2), Fabien did not lose hope. Categorised in class 2, his Paralympic adventure will only begin in 2012 at the London Games, where he wins a bronze medal in singles and a silver medal in doubles.
From then on, Fabien carves out his path to success: double World Champion in 2014, double European Champion in 2015, and double Paralympic Champion in Rio in 2016, where he is awarded gold in singles and doubles. Selected for the Tokyo Games, the ENGIE Team athlete defends his Paralympic Champion title with yet another victory in singles and doubles!
- 2021: Double Paralympic Champion in Tokyo (singles and doubles) and Champion of the France Elite in singles
- 2019: Double European Champion (singles and doubles)
- 2018: World Champion (singles)
- 2017: World silver medallist in doubles
- 2016: Double Paralympic Champion in Rio (singles and doubles)
- 2015: Double European Champion (singles and doubles)
- 2014: Double World Champion (singles and doubles)
- 2013: European Champion in doubles
- 2012: Bronze medal in singles and silver medal in doubles at the Paralympics in London.
See what a typical day of training with Fabien Lamirault is like:
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Toulou – Toulon-Hyères (Var)
Axel Mazella, 24 years old, is from Toulon (Var department) and is a member of the French foil kitesurfing team. In parallel to his activity as a high-level athlete, Axel recently graduated as a physiotherapist.
Three-time European Champion and KiteFoil Gold Cup World Champion, he is a great source of hope for the French kitesurfing team. Before this run of success began, Axel started out on the ENGIE Kite Tour, the main Speed Crossing circuit in France. His first competition was in 2013 and he now holds the title, which he will be defending in the stages of the 2021 competition.
Kitesurfing will become an Olympic discipline at the 2024 Paris Games; this is a great opportunity for the athlete who now aims to qualify and win a medal.
- European Champion
- 1st place at the Mondial du Vent event in Leucate, France (individual and mixed relay)
- 2nd in the KiteFoil World Series - Gizzeria
- 1st place at the Formula Kite Spain
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- Winner of the Gold Cup in KiteFoil
- Winner of the Défi Kite
- 6th at the Kitesurfing World Championships
- 4th at the French Championships
- World runner-up
- European runner-up
François Pervis and Raphaël Beaugillet
Tandem Track Cycling – ENGIE ambassadors in Mayenne and Blois respectively.
36-year-old François Pervis from Mayenne and Raphaël, 31 years old and from Blois (Loir-et-Cher)
Raphaël, 31 years old, gradually began losing his sight at the age of 20 due to a genetic disease that put an end to his masonry training and his ability to work. A keen football fan, Raphaël turned his attention to running and tandem cycling when he starts to lose his sight began 11 years ago. “Very soon, tandem took over because a neighbour offered to take me out cycling. I accepted in order to “see”, no pun intended, something different and stop going round in circles, and I got caught up in it,” he said. Raphaël soon started collecting wins, and has now been crowned French Champion a total of 22 times (8 on road and 14 on track).
36-year-old François Pervis is a key figure in the French track cycling world. His track record speak for him: seven World Championship titles (four for the 1,000m discipline), bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, World Record holder in the 1,000m.
Since March 2020, they have decided to combine their passion and experience to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the standing start kilometre discipline for tandems. The postponement of the event was a blessing for Raphaël and his pilot François, because it allowed them to train for an extra year. On 28 August, the Team ENGIE para cyclist tandem pair won a brilliant bronze medal that rewarded the magnificent preparation of this duo, who have been practising together for just 18 months.
The French pair completed the four laps of the track in 1’00‘’472, at an average speed of almost 60 kph, setting a new personal best. It was a great Paralympic debut for Raphaël, and a fantastic way for François to end his career, by becoming the third-ever athlete to win a medal in both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.
François Pervis’ individual prize list
- 7 times World Champion in Track Cycling
- Double speed record holder in the 1,000m and 200m
- Bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics in 2016
- 17 medals at World Track Cycling Championships
- 16 times World Cup winner
- 5 times European Champion
- 15 times French Champion
Raphaël Beaugillet’s individual prize list
- World Champion in the Para-duathlon in 2012
- 22 times French Champion (8 on road and 14 on track)
- 4th at the World Track Cycling Championships
Tandem's prize list
- Bronze medal-winners at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the 1-kilometre standing start event
- 3 French championship titles in sports for the disabled (speed, pursuit and kilometre) in 2021
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Leucate and Narbonne (Aude)
Poema Newland, 21 years old, comes from Narbonne (Aude department), and is a member of the French Women’s foil kitesurfing team. In parallel to her activity as a high-level athlete, Poema is studying at Sciences Po Paris.
Breaking through on the kitesurfing scene in 2015, Poema quickly became a promising French kitesurfer. Three years after her début, she won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and finished third in the 2020 French KiteFoil Championships. For several years, Poema has been honing her skills on the ENGIE Kite Tour, the leading Speed Crossing circuit in France, and will of course be taking part in the stages of the 2021 competition. She also enters the major international competitions, like the World and European Championships.
Kitesurfing will become an Olympic discipline at the 2024 Paris Games; this is a great opportunity for the athlete who now aims to qualify and win a medal.
|2021||European Champion |
2nd in the KiteFoil World Series - Gizzeria
1st place in mixed relay and 2nd in individual at the Mondial du Vent event in Leucate, France (individual and mixed relay)
|2020||3rd at the French Kitefoil Championships|
Champion of the France Espoirs in Twintip Racing
9th at the European Formula Kite Championships
|2019||11th at the European Formula Kite Championships|
15th at the World Championships
Runner-up of the France Espoirs in KiteFoil
|2018||Champion of France|
Runner-up in the Youth Olympic Games
|2017||5th at the European Championships|