Team ENGIE: news from the start of the year

By ENGIE - 03 March 2023 - 10:00

Luka Mkheidze (Judo)

After a 10-month break due to injury, our judoka has made a spectacular return to competition! 

Following a rupture of the cruciate knee ligament in March 2022, Luka was forced to take a break from the mat. After having an operation, he needed nearly 10 months of physiotherapy.


1st competition in January 2023 

The new year has started well for Luka! He returned to competition at the end of January for the Portuguese Grand Prix and took home the bronze medal in the -60 kg category. A very encouraging performance, auguring well for the rest of the season. 
Luka followed this up brilliantly 3 weeks later at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam, taking the gold medal and thus proving that he is definitely back and the French No. 1 in -60 kg. 
Luka will be the French representative in his category for the next World Championships in Doha this May.  Congratulations to Luka on this convincing comeback.

Madeleine Malonga (Judo)

Madelein Malonga

ENGIE meeting with Madeleine Malonga at the Paris Grand Slam

Madeleine Malonga was due to take part in the Paris Grand Slam on Sunday 5 February. Unfortunately, she had not fully recovered from her cracked rib, and our judoka had to postpone her return to competition for a few weeks. 
To make up for this, members of Junior-Entrepreneurs and employees in the Young Professional Network community had the opportunity to meet and chat with Madeleine Malonga, who has been supported within Team ENGIE since 2018 via the French Sports Foundation’s Performance Pact. Thank you, Mado, for this valuable and inspiring discussion with our guests. 


Madeleine, finalist in the Tel Aviv Grand Slam 

Madeleine’s return to the sport after her injury came on 19 February, at the new Grand Slam tournament in Tel Aviv.
She had an excellent run until the final where she was defeated by the Italian Alice Bellandi. 
 “I am 90% happy and 10% disappointed. Happy because I’ve got the feeling back. I put everything on one side and managed to be myself 100%. Regardless of the outcome, I’ve got back my determination, and the pleasure of throwing [her opponents].” Madeleine Malonga, Team ENGIE athlete.

Luka et Madeleine


 Good luck to our two judokas, who return to competition at the Tashkent Grand Slam from 3 to 5 March.


Elodie Clouvel (Modern Pentathlon)


On form at the start of the international season

In early February, Elodie Clouvel took part in her first preparatory competition before starting the international season. Elodie had difficulties with some events, but felt the progress made in training. She finished 2nd in the Trophée Christophe RUER in Perpignan! 
She’s on the way to the World Cup in Egypt in early March!

Pauline Ado (Surfing)


Performing well on the waves off Taghazout!

Team ENGIE surfer Pauline Ado took second place on Saturday 26 February in the RipCurl Pro Search Taghazout! 
“It’s always frustrating to get so close to winning. But overall, a very positive week for this stage in Morocco. I’m happy to see my winter training paying off.” Pauline Ado, Team ENGIE athlete

Pauline Ado

Team ENGIE fixtures in March :

  • 3 to 5 March: Tashkent Grand Slam with Luka Mkheidze & Madeleine Malonga (to be confirmed).
  • 4 to 5 March: French Para Track Cycling Championship with Raphaël Beaugillet.
  • 7 to 12 March: UIPM 2023 Pentathlon World Cup in Egypt with Elodie Clouvel.


Other major Team ENGIE fixtures:

  • 9 to 19 May: European Kitefoiling Championship with Axel Mazella & Poema Newland.
  • 7 to 15 May: World Judo Championship with Luka Mkheidze & Madeleine Malonga.
  • 8 to 14 May: European IQFoil Championship with Pierre Le Coq.
  • 26 June to 2 July: European Pentathlon Championship with Elodie Clouvel.
  • 3 to 6 August: World Para Track Cycling Championship with Raphaël Beaugillet.
  • 10 to 20 August: World IQFoil Championship with Pierre Le Coq.
  • 21 to 28 August: World Pentathlon Championship with Elodie Clouvel.
  • 8 to 16 October: World Kitefoiling Championship with Axel Mazella & Poema Newland.
  • 3 to 5 November: European Judo Championship with Luka Mkheidze & Madeleine Malonga.


Once again this year, ENGIE is supporting 10 high-level athletes as part of the French Sports Foundation’s “Performance Pact”. The goal for the ten members of Team ENGIE is naturally to qualify to compete at the 2024 Paris Olympics.


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