In the continuity of the Tokyo Games, ENGIE reaffirms its support for a dozen athletes in their preparation for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games which will take place in 2024.
Pierre Le Coq
RS:X and iQFoil windsurfing - ENGIE ambassador in Saint-Brieuc
Pierre Le Coq, 35 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 Tokyo in his sights. 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 focused his attention on a new goal: to qualify for this summer in which he will try his hand at a new event: the iQFoil, an upgraded version of the RS:X board.
|14th in the World Championships – Brest (France)
9th at the iQFoil European Championship at Lac de Garde (Italy)
|7th at the RS:X World Championships
13th at the iQfoil World Championships
|6th in the RS :X World Championship
|3rd in the RS :X World Championship
|Winner of the Hyères World Cup Series (France)
|2nd at the World Sailing World Cup Series, Miami
|Bronze medallist at the Olympic Games in Rio
|World champion – Oman
World cup winner - Hyères (France)
Surfing - ENGIE Ambassador: Biarritz / Anglet
Pauline Ado, 33, member of the Anglet Surf Club, is one of France's leading figures in. She started surfing when she was eight years old in Hendaye, in southwestern France, and began competing at ten. At 13, she joined the French youth teams.
With two World Junior Champion titles (2006 and 2008), Pauline Ado joined the exclusive circle of the WSL Championship Tour in 2011, a competition bringing together the top female surfers in the world. She came 9th in the first year she took part. In 2017 however, the Basque surfer added 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 did all of this in her home region and in front of her family and friends.
On the “World Qualifying Series” circuit, the competitions came thick and fast throughout the world. In 2019, the team ENGIE surfer won two European titles in a row; in Caparica and in Zarautz.
In 2020, Pauline Ado continued with her efforts to qualify and got 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.
Having qualified for Tokyo after the 2021 World Championships in El Salvador, Pauline 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, who is now preparing for Paris this summer.
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.
|2nd in the World Championships
|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
|3rd at Surfest Newcastle / 2nd Victory at Cabreiroá Pro Las Americas in Tenerife (QS 1500)
|Victory at Cabreiroá Pro Zarautz (QS 1500)
|7th at the ISA World Surfing Games
|Nations World Champion / ISA World Champion
|9th at the WSL Championships
|Junior World Champion
Modern Pentathlon (5 disciplines: Fencing, Swimming, Running, Pistol shooting, Show Jumping) - ENGIE Ambassador: Saint-Etienne
Elodie Clouvel, 35, has been a member of the Saint-Etienne Pentathlon Moderne club since 2020. She was a silver medallist in Rio in 2016.
Elodie began her career as a swimmer: a member of Pôle France at Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via, she was coached by Philippe Lucas in Canet-en-Roussillon. In 2008, at the French Swimming Championships, she just missed out on qualifying for 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. 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 acknowledgement of her loyalty to the French gendarmerie. She was promoted to captain in 2022. 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.
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 Tokyo. Carrying a heel injury, the Team ENGIE athlete was unable to tap into her immense potential.
In 2022, Elodie proved that she is still one of the best pentathletes in the world by winning the World Cup final in Ankara (Turkey). Although she did not perform as well as she had hoped in 2023, her aim is still to qualify for her third participation next summer.
|6th at the UIPM 2023 Pentathlon World Cup in Ankara (Turkey)
2nd at the UIPM 2023 Pentathlon World Cup in Cairo (Egypt)
|World Champion in Ankara (Turkey)
|Sixth in the Olympic Games in Tokyo
Runner-up in the World Championships in Egypt
|3rd in the Indoor Meeting in Budapest, Hungary
|6th in the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Budapest, Hungary
|13th Women's Individual World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico
|26th Women’s Individual World Championships in Cairo, Egypt
|Olympic silver medalist at the RIO Games
Runner-up in the World Championships in Moscow (Russia)
|Runner-up in the European Championships in Bath (Great Britain)
|First participation at the London Olympics (ranked 31st)
Take a look at a "typical training day" with Team ENGIE member Elodie Clouvel!
Judo - Ambassador ENGIE in Chambly
Madeleine Malonga, 30, is a member of the Etoile Sportive Blanc Mesnil Judo club, as well as France’s National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance (INSEP). She is also in France’s national judo team.
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.
In 2010, seen as a promising young hope on the French judo scene, she joined the INSEP to help her improve further, before joining the Levallois Sporting Club in 2013. She became French champion in the under 78 kg category in 2014. The French judoka continued to develop, adding two Grand SLAMs in 2015, in Samsun and Baku, to her list of victories. Madeleine also won the team gold medal at the European Championships with the French team.
In 2016, she joined the Etoile Sportive Blanc Mesnil judo club.
In 2017, she acquired more experience, performing at the highest international level, she competed in the St Petersburg Masters finishing second. She then became the European Champion in Tel Aviv in 2018.
The 2019 season started well for Madeleine with a first victory at the Grand Slam in Paris. She subsequently reached her highest level in August as a World Champion in Tokyo. With the support provided by Group, the judoka continued her work and began 2020 the same way as she began 2019 - with a victory at the Paris Grand Slam.
In 2021 Madeline confirmed her status as world champion in the under 78 kg category, winning the Doha Masters, the only event held that year because of the pandemic. This victory allowed her to compete in Tokyo. A few months later, Madeleine failed to retain the world championship title she had won in Tokyo in 2019, but she still earned herself a silver medal.
The Tokyo Games were a success for Madeleine Malonga, who won two medals in her first participation. She won gold in the team event and silver in the individual event!
While continuing to train and compete, this young woman from Picardy also qualified as a mental and life coach in 2022, graduating from the HEC business school in Paris. This is part of Madeleine’s effort to prepare for life once her top-level sports career in behing her.
Madeleine’s focus is new on next summer: she will first need to qualify in her category before she can defend her title in Paris.
|3rd place at Paris Grand Slam
|2nd at the Austrian Grand Prix
3rd at Astana Grand Slam
2nd at the Grand Slam of Tel Aviv
|3rd place at Paris Grand Slam
|Olympic champion in the mixed team event
Winner of the Doha Masters (Qatar)
World runner-up in Budapest
|Paris Grand Slam winner / European Champion in Prague
|World Champion in Tokyo (Japan)
Paris Grand Slam winner
|European Champion in Tel Aviv (Israel)
Zagreb Grand Prix winner (Croatia)
|Champion of France in St-Quentin-en-Yvelines
|Samson Grand Prix winner (Turkey)
Discover a "typical training day" with Madeleine Malonga, member of Team ENGIE!
Judo - ENGIE Ambassador in Le Havre
Luka Mkheidze, 28, is a member of the PSG Judo club and has been a member of the INSEP and the French judo team since 2017. He won a bronze medal in the under-60 kg category in Tokyo.
Before securing 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, received help from former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, mayor of Le Havre at the time, in obtaining French nationality in 2015.
Brimming with potential, Luka’s sporting career was now ready to take off. After training at the Pôle Espoir de Rouen 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 saw 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 against 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 lost 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 triumph over Korea’s Kim Won-Jin half an hour later in the match for 3rd place. Fleeing the war in Georgia, Luka arrived in France in 2010, and moved the whole nation by winning the French delegation’s first medal.
The European vice champion and bronze medal winner in Tokyo was unable to compete in the 2022 European Championships. This is because just a few weeks before they started, during a course with the France team in Mongolia, the Team ENGIE judoka suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee, forcing him to return to France immediately. Luka underwent surgery and was monitored by a physio for his rehabilitation.
Luka was very stoical about this injury: “Obviously it's very difficult for me to be so far away from the mats for such a long time, but that's just the way it is. I have to accept it and deal with it. I keep telling myself that there are far more serious things in life and this is just sport”.
Luka returned to the mat at the end of January with some very encouraging performances for the rest of the season.
In November 2023, he won the European Championships in Montpellier. This qualified him for this summer. He will attempt to do better than bronze?
|1st place at Paris Grand Slam
2nd place at Bakou Grand Slam
1st at the Grand Slam of Antalaya
1st at the Grand Slam of Tel Aviv
3rd at the Grand Prix of Portugal
|3rd place at Paris Grand Slam
|Bronze medal at the Olympics
3rd at the Tashkent Grand Slam (Uzbekistan)
2nd at the European Championships in Lisbon (Portugal)
|3rd at the Budapest Grand Slam
|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)
|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
|2nd at the Malaga European Cup (Spain) and Dubrovnik (Croatia)
3rd at the European Open in Bucharest
2nd at the African Open
See how Luka is managing his rehabilitation in pictures:
Athletics – ENGIE Ambassador at Lille Métropole
Wilfried Happio, 25 years old 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. In 2019, he made a second attempt and won the 400m hurdles in the European Championships. This earned him a place in his first Senior World Championships in Doha.
In November 2019, he joined the Lille Métropole Athletics club (LMA) and became France's Elite 400m hurdles champion for the first time. This was not the only win for this Team ENGIE athlete: he has not lost a single Elite Outdoor French Championship since. 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.
For his first participation, Wilfried Happio ranked fifth (49:39), which earned him a place in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, competition in the finals was just a little too stiff for the ENGIE ambassador from the Lille area.
In 2022, the young athlete from Team ENGIE continued making progress. During the French Athletics Championships held in Caen (14), he retained his French championship title for the 4th consecutive year by beating his personal best in 48''57, which opened the doors to the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon- USA).
As proof of his meteoric progress, Wilfried finished 4th in this World Championship, two hundredths of a second from the podium. He once again beat his personal best with a time of 47''41, only four hundredths of a second off Stéphane Diagana's French record, the second best French performance of all time.
Only a month later, Wilfried made a name for himself again with his performance as European vice-champion in Munich.
|5th in the Diamond League finals
|European vice-champion in Munich (Germany)
4th at the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon - USA)
|Participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games
|French Champion / Winner of the Palio Citta Della Quercia
|U23 European Champion
|U20 European Champion
Table tennis – ENGIE ambassador in Marseille
Fabien Lamirault, 43, is married with three children and is originally from Nans-les-Pins (Var). 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 found his calling: once his rehabilitation was over, he joined the CSINI (Cercle Sportif de l'Institution Nationale des Invalides de Paris) where he met his current coach, Fabrice Kosiak.
He took part in his first international competition in Sicily in 2003. Although he was held back for a few years due to administrative complications concerning the recognition of his correct disability category (class 2), Fabien did not lose hope. Categorised in class 2, his Paralympic adventure only began in 2012 at the London Games, where he won a bronze medal in singles and a silver medal in doubles.
From that moment on, Fabien was on the road to success: double World Champion in 2014, then double European Champion in 2015. The following year, the Rio Games saw him become the double Paralympic Champion, where he won both the individual competition and the team event. Selected for Tokyo, the Team ENGIE athlete retained both titles in the individual competition and in the team event!
In 2022 Fabien won gold at the class 2 para table tennis world Championships in Granada. With this third world title under his belt, Fabien has confirmed his place as a top-ranking athlete in his category.
In 2023, he won two more medals in the singles and doubles events in the European Championships. This year, for his third consecutive edition, he will attempt to retain both titles. This would most likely earn him a place in the pantheon of French sport.
- French champion in men's singles (class 2)
- French vice-champion in seated mixed doubles
- Victory at the ITTF Costa Brava Spanish Para Open
- 2022: Individual World Champion
- 2021: Double Paralympic Champion in Tokyo (singles and team) and elite individual French Champion
- 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.
Find out what a typical day’s training looks like with Fabien Lamirault
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Toulon
Axel Mazella, 26, is from Toulon (Var) and is a member of the France Kite surfing foil team. Alongside his career as a top-level athlete, Axel graduated as a physiotherapist.
He is showing a great deal of promise on the French kite surfing circuit, has just won the European Kitefoil Championships for the third time and is the three times Gold Cup World Champion.
Before ramping up his performance, Axel made his mark on the ENGIE Kite Tour on the French speed crossing circuit. He started competing in it in 2013 and won the circuit three years in a row.
2021 was a year brimming with victories for the Team ENGIE athlete: he won the European Championship title, as well as the World Vice Champion title, among others.
Although he did not succeed in retaining his European title, Axel did manage to secure a magnificent bronze medal in the 2022 World Kitefoil Championships – clear evidence of his champion temperament.
In 2023, the Team ENGIE athlete won the Test Event in Marseille, and then finished third in the World Cup Championships.
Kite surfing will make its debut as an Olympic discipline this summer. It will be a fantastic opportunity for him – he now wants to qualify and win a medal.
- Kite and Wing Challenge winner
- World Cup winner in the Netherlands
- 3rd at the World Cup in Palma de Mallorca
- 3rd in the World Kitefoil Championships
- 2nd in the ENGIE Kite Tour
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- Vice World Champion
- European Champion
- Winner of the Mondial du Vent in Leucate (individual and mixed relays)
- Winner of the Kitefoil World Series
- Winner of the Formula Kite Spain
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- European Champion
- Winner of the ENGIE Kite Tour
- Winner of the Kitefoil Gold Cup
- Winner of the Défikite
- 6th in the World Kite Championships
- 4th in the French Championships
- Vice World Champion
- European Vice Champion
Tandem Track Cycling – ENGIE ambassadors in Blois.
Raphaël, 34, 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 started to lose his sight 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 29 times (8 on road and 21 on track).
In March 2020, Raphaël took on the challenge of participating in the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the kilometre standing start in tandem with François Pervis as pilot. François is a key figure in French track cycling world. His track record speaks for itself: 7 world championship titles (including 4 in the kilometre event), bronze medallist in Rio in 2016, world record holder in the kilometre time trial.
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 had 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 fourth-ever athlete to win a medal in both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games.
In 2022, Raphaël teamed up with a new pilot – Quentin Caleyron. It was a good year for the tandem pair: they won the French Championship title in the omnium sprint and came forth in two events at the Mondiaux de paracyclisme (kilometre and speed). They also set a new record, covering 200 m in 10.036 seconds. Encouraging results for this young tandem pair.
In 2023, they finished third in the World Championships in the speed trial – the only international competition in which Raphaël was able to compete.
Raphaël (and his pilot) now have their sights set on a new goal and are dreaming of shining at the Yvelines velodrome !
3 Tandem Prize List with Quentin Caleyron
- Victory at the French Championships
The tandem’s achievements with Quentin Caleyron in 2022
- 4th in the Mondiaux (kilometre and speed)
- France champions in the omnium sprint (speed, 200 m and kilometre)
- France vice champions in the pursuit
The tandem’s achievements with François Pervis in 2021
- Bronze medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the standing-start kilometre
- Three French disabled sport championship titles (speed, pursuit and kilometre) in 2021.
- World Para-duathlon Champion in 2012
- 22 French Championship titles (8 on road and 14 on track)
- 4th in the World Track Cycling Championships
Kiteboarding – ENGIE ambassador in Leucate and Narbonne (Aude)
Poema Newland, 23, is from Narbonne (Aude), and is a member of France's women's kite foil surfing team. Alongside her training as a top-level athlete, Poema is doing a degree at the EDHEC Business School.
When she started kite surfing in 2015, she quickly established herself as a promising young athlete on the French kite surfing scene.
Three years later, she won a silver medal in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and ranked third in the 2020 French Kitefoil Championships.
For many years now, Poema has been climbing up through the ranks on the ENGIE Kite Tour – the leading French speed crossing event – and will obviously be taking part in the stages of the 2023 edition. At the same time, she regularly takes part in and performs at major international competitions, such as the Mondiaux and the European Championships.
2023 has meant more podium places for Poema. She finished third in the World Cup in Palma (Majorca), and then secured a victory a few months after the Mediterranean Games in kiteboarding. At the end of September, she won thord place in the European Kitefoiling Championships, and then in October won the French Open Kitefoiling Championships in Leucate
Kite surfing will make its debut as an Olympic discipline this summer. It will be a fantastic opportunity for her – she now wants to qualify and earn herself a podium place.
|3rd at the World Cup in Palma de Mallorca
|6th in the World Kitefoil Championships
7th in the European Formula Kite Championships
French vice elite kiteboard champion
9th in the World Cup
|4th in the world individual formula kite championships
European formula kite champion
Winner of the Kitefoil World Series
Winner in the mixed relays and 2nd in the individual event at the Mondial du Vent in Leucate (individual and mixed relays)
|3rd in the French Kitefoil Championships
French Hope Champion in Twintip Racing
9th in the European Formula Kite Championships
|11th in the European Formula Kite Championships
15th in the mondiaux
French vice Kitefoil Hope champion
Vice champion in the Olympic Youth Games
|5th in the European Championships