For Fabien, it all began at the age of 17 when a car accident left him quadriplegic. Sporty by nature, he discovered table tennis during his rehabilitation. He quite naturally carved out a niche for himself in the sport. Once he had finished his rehabilitation, he joined the Cercle Sportif de l’Institution Nationale des Invalides de Paris (a sports club within the national institute for people with disabilities based in Paris), which is where he met his current coach – Fabrice Kosiak.
He took part in his first international competition in Sicily in 2003 – but he did so in the wrong category for his particular disability. Once he had finally got into the right category (class 2), his Paralympic adventure began at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – he won a bronze medal in the individual competition and a silver medal in the team event.