Pierre LE COQ
Windsurfing RS:X and IFoil - ENGIE Ambassador: Saint Brieuc
Thirty-one year-old, Pierre Le Coq is a member of the club in his home town of Saint-Brieuc, as well as belonging to the Brest Pôle France and the French Olympic team. This native of Brittany qualified for the only RS:X spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, thanks to the RS:X World Championship title that he earned in Oman at the end of 2015. For his first Olympic Games he was delighted to take home the bronze medal.
ENGIE had already partnered Pierre Le Coq during the 2016 Olympic Games, as part of the first 2015/2016 Performance Pact.
Pierre has two roles. He’s a top athlete — a bronze medalist at the Rio Games in 2016 — but also a dental surgeon, and qualified while he was training for the Olympics. So he’ll be ready with his second career when the time comes after 2020.
After taking a break from sports after Rio 2016, he got back into training mode in 2018, setting his sights on Olympic Gold. His bronze medal in the first leg of the Miami RS: X 2019 World Cup is an encouraging start.
Finishing 2019 on a high note, the Team ENGIE windsurfer won the RS:X Elite French Championship.
The final major competition prior to selection for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be the RS:X World Championship 2020 in Australia in Sorrento, near Melbourne. After making a strong start, the ENGIE-sponsored athlete lost ground and ended the competition in 6th place.
How was Pierre Le Coq doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
Qualification for Tokyo was mainly decided at the RS:X World Championship, from February 25 to 29, 2020, in Australia. In spite of Pierre’s reliable performance over the last two years, his experience and his excellent 6th place in the last World Championship, the French Sailing Federation selected Thomas Goyard (3rd) as the sole French representative in the men’s RS:X.
Despite not qualifying for the Tokyo Games in 2021, the Team ENGIE champion managed to bounce back. At the end of 2019, the IOC announced the new format chosen for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris: iFoil, an upgraded version of the RS:X. The new format gives Pierre the chance to set himself a new goal for the Paris Olympics.
ENGIE is proud to have supported Pierre Le Coq since 2016 and is delighted to continue its support through to 2024.
|2020||6th in the RS :X World Championship|
|2019||3rd in the RS :X World Championship|
|2018||Winner at the World Cup – Hyères (France)|
|2017||Runner-up at World Sailing Miami|
|2016||Bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in RioBronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio|
|2015||World Champion – Oman|
|2015||Round winner at the World Cup – Hyères (France)|
After being named Junior World Champion twice (2006 and 2009), Pauline joined the exclusive inner circle of the WSL Championship Tour in 2015, a competition that attracts the best surfers in the world, finishing ninth in her first year. But in 2017, the talented sportswoman from the Basque country added two awards to her glittering array of achievements by winning two World Championship titles. One with a team and one individual title at the ISA World Surfing Tour in Biarritz. All in her native region, with her friends and family looking on.
Pauline is also one of the cornerstones of French women’s surfing. She has been a member of the French team since she began, but has also been elected to the board of directors of the Fédération Française de Surf.
The World Qualifying Series circuit consists of a series of competitions held all over the world. The highlights of the ENGIE Team surfer's 2019 season were two consecutive victories in Europe, in Caparica and Zarautz.
In 2020, the race for qualification continued and started well for Pauline Ado with a win at the Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas in Tenerife, Spain, and a solid 3rd place in Newcastle during her Australian tour.
How was Pauline Ado doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
Qualification for Tokyo was still a possibility for Pauline, with two qualifying places available. It was all going to be decided during the WSL World competitions that were scheduled for the first half of 2020.
|2020||2nd in the Corona Pro, Hainan, China (QS 5,000) / 2nd win at the Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas in Tenerife (QS 1,500) / 2nd in the Federation Cup in Hossegor (July)|
|2019||Winner at the Cabreiroá Pro in Zarautz, Spain (QS 1500)|
|2018||7th ISA World Surfing Games|
|2017||World Champion of Nations / ISA World Champion|
|2013||World No.9 WSL|
|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.
How was Cassandre Beaugrand doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
Nothing was official, but Cassandre’s qualification for Tokyo looked very probable for one of the two women’s places in the French team (2 women and two men), in view of her championship-winning performance in 2019.
|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.
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.
On March 17, 2012, she won the World Cup in Rio and qualified for the London Games.
She also qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 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 2020 Games.
How was Elodie Clouvel doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
Elodie was looking good to qualify for the French team for 2020, so she is disappointed at the postponement. But she's not discouraged and is still on course for Tokyo in 2021.
|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)|
Falling in the under 78-kilo category, she began judo at the FJEP-Chambly club before pursuing her career further at Judo Amiens Métropole Picardie.
In 2010, singled out as a high-potential French judo star, she joined INSEP to take her career further, and then became a member of the Levallois Sporting Club in 2013. She was named France Champion for the under 78kg category in 2014. The French judoka kept her momentum going in 2015, winning two major SLAMs in Samsun and Baku. Madeleine was also part of the French gold medal-winning team at the European Championships. In parallel to her sporting career, Picardy-born Madeleine attended the Institut de Formation en Soins Infirmiers (IFSI) at the Hôpital National de St Maurice, with a view to becoming a nurse.
In 2017, she racked up enough experience to perform at the highest international level at the Master of St Petersburg where she finished second. She then earned the ultimate title of European Champion in Tel Aviv in 2018.
2019 got off to a great start for Madeleine with her first victory at the Paris Grand Slam. The judoka then put in her best achievement to date in August, becoming world champion in Tokyo, one year before the 2020 Olympics were due to start.
The ENGIE-backed star athlete kept working hard and began 2020 in exactly the same way as 2019, winning the Paris Grand Slam once again.
How was Madeleine Malonga doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
As reigning world champion, Madeleine was full of confidence and she would certainly have been competing on the Japanese tatamis in the 2020 Games. It’s only a matter of time!
|2020||Winner of the Paris Grand Slam / European Champion in Prague|
|2019||World Champion in Tokyo, Japan|
Winner of the Paris Grand Slam
|2018||European Champion in Tel Aviv (Israel)|
Winner of the Zagreb Grand Prix (Croatia)
|2017||European Champion (Malaga) Spain|
French Champion in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
|2016||Winner of the Samson Grand Prix (Turkey)|
Before achieving all of this, Luka had to leave his homeland of Georgia at the age of 13, after the war with Russia. He arrived in the Val de Marne, France on March 10, 2010, with help of a people smuggler. He and his family were then sent to a hostel with other refugees in Le Havre. Gifted and motivated, he joined the judo club in Le Havre, and was granted French nationality in 2015 by Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, while he was mayor of the city.
Luka’s high-potential sports career was finally able to begin. After the Pôle Espoirs de Rouen, the judoka arrived in Sucy in 2016 and joined the INSEP a year later.
Since 2017, Luka has been competing in the main international, continental and national events. In 2017, he finished second in the European Cup in Malaga and Dubrovnik, and became Junior French Champion. Last year, he won the Madrid Open, finished second in Cancún and Minsk, and was named 2018 French Team Champion for Sucy.
How was Luka Mkheidze doing before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed?
Neck and neck with another athlete for the single place available in the French team in the under 60 kg category, qualification for Tokyo was within Luka’s reach, although he needed a series of good results in 2020. But everything has changed with the postponement, and Luka has set his heart on qualifying.
|2020||3rd in the Grand Slam in Budapest|
|2019||2nd in the European Club Championships team event |
3rd in the European Open Seniors individual event in Luxembourg
7th in the European Championships Seniors in Minsk, Belarus
|2018||2nd place at the Grand Prix in Cancún (Mexico)|
2nd place at the Continental Open in Minsk (Belarus)
3rd place at the Continental Open in Sofia (Bulgaria)
|2017||2nd place in the European Cup in Malaga (Spain) and Dubrovnik (Croatia)|
3rd place in the Continental Open in Casablanca (Morocco)
Athletics – ENGIE Ambassador at Lille Métropole
21-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).
As one of the best French athletes in his discipline, his ambition is to take part in the Tokyo Olympic Games, which have been postponed to 2021.
Before that, though, he will be targeting the title of French champion as well as the French national record, currently held by Stéphane Diagana, at the French Athletics Championships, scheduled for October 2020.
|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, who is 40 years old and married with three children, is a French Para Table Tennis player from Nans-les-Pins (Var).
Fabien was left paraplegic after a road accident at the age of 17. As a fan of sport, he discovered table tennis during his rehabilitation. Fabien naturally and rapidly found his path in this sport: once he had finished his rehabilitation, he returned home, joined the CSINI (Centre Sportif de l’Institution Nationale des Invalides de Paris) and met his coach, Fabrice Kosiak, who is still with him today.
He took part in his first international competition in Sicily in 2003. There followed several years of administrative complications to be recognised in the right category (class 2), which hindered his progress, but Fabien did not lose hope.
Once he was registered in the class 2 category, Fabien could finally begin his Paralympic adventure, at the London Olympics in 2012. He won a bronze medal in the singles and a team silver medal.
From then on, Fabien met with success at every turn: double World Champion in 2014, then double European Champion in 2015, followed by double Paralympic Champion at Rio in 2016, where he won gold medals in the singles and doubles.
As an athlete, his goals remain the same: he is aiming for double medals in the singles and doubles at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, and the same again at Paris 2024.
- 2019 : Double European Champion (singles and team)
- 2018 : Individual World Champion
- 2017 : Team World Runner-up
- 2016 : Double Paralympic Champion (singles and team)
- 2015 : Double European Champion (singles and team)
- 2014 : Double World Champion (singles and team)
- 2013 : Team European Champion
- 2012 : Bronze medallist in the singles and Team Silver medallist at the London Paralympics
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Toulou – Toulon-Hyères (Var)
23-year-old Axel Mazella from Toulon (Var) is a member of the French Kitefoil team.
One of French kiteboarding’s most promising athletes, he is currently double European champion after winning the 2019 and 2020 championships. He is also World Gold Cup Champion in Kitefoil.
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 five stages of the 2021 competition.
Kiteboarding will become an Olympic sport in duo format at the Paris Olympics in 2024. What an amazing opportunity for the French team!
Axel has a clear goal: not only to qualify for Paris 2024 but to take home a gold medal!
- 2020 :
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- 2019 :
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- Winner of the Kitefoil Gold Cup
- Winner of Défikite
- 2018 :
- 6th in the World Kite Championships
- 4th in the French Championships
- 2017 :
- 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 and from Blois (Loir-et-Cher), gradually began losing his sight in 2009 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 the degenerative illness 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 from Mayenne is a key figure in the French track cycling world. His results 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.
In March 2020, Raphaël Beaugillet and François Pervis decided to combine their passion and their experience to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021. François will be Raphaël’s pilot in their tandem.
Their goal is a clear one: the gold medal for the tandem in the only speed event – the 1,000m. Which would be a first for a tandem in the history of French Para Track Cycling.
“Integrating Team ENGIE is a real honour and great recognition for us. It will provide huge support in the run-up to the Paralympics. Thanks to ENGIE, we are aiming for a medal next August.”
“My goals for 2021 are the Tokyo Paralympics, piloted by François Pervis, and a gold medal. If we do win it, we will be delighted to present it to Team ENGIE. We are honoured to join Team ENGIE, it is a great sign of recognition and provides enormous support for us to train in the right conditions. Thank you.”
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
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Leucate and Narbonne (Aude)
20-year-old Poema Newland from Narbonne (Aude) is a member of the French Women’s Kitefoil team and a participant in the French Sailing Federation’s “Elles de Kite” programme.
Poema began kiteboarding in 2015 and is already one of France’s most promising kiteboarding athletes. In 2018, she won a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and recently 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 five stages of the 2021 competition. She also enters the major international competitions, like the World and European Championships.
Kiteboarding will become an Olympic sport in duo format at the Paris Olympics in 2024. What an amazing opportunity for the French team!
Poema has a clear goal: to qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024 and, of course, to bring back a medal.
|2020||3rd in the French Kitefoil Championships|
French Hopefuls Champion in Twintip Racing
9th in Formula Kite European Championships
|2019||11th in Formula Kite European Championships|
15th in the World Championships
French Kitefoil Hopefuls runner-up
Runner-up in the Youth Olympic Games
|2017||5th in the European Championships|