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BERTRAND Valentin
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthNeuilly-sur-Seine, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F37, T37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bordeaux, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Physical Education - Claude Bernard University Lyon 1: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 15 in Bois-le-Roi, France. Prior to that he tried tennis, football and skiing.
Why this sport?
A friend encouraged him to try athletics. "I was looking for a sport that would be both individual and collective. Athletics is also a very humbling sport."
Club / Team
Stade Francais Athletisme: Paris, FRA
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, French Para long jumper Marie Amelie Le Fur. (handisport.org, 12 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sudouest.fr, 08 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born with hemiplegia after sustaining a stroke, which caused partial paralysis on one side of his body. "It's not a problem for me. I've always felt like I am able-bodied." (meeting-parisidf.com, 02 Jun 2014; ouest-france.fr, 03 Sep 2016; handisport.org, 12 Dec 2019)
Other information
FURTHER STUDIES
In 2017 he began studying a master's degree in marketing at the KEDGE Business School in France. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 Long Jump T37 5.68
8 2016 400m T37 55.72
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 400m T37 1:01.50
6 2017 Long Jump T37 5.64
6 2017 400m T37 56.94
5 2019 Long Jump T37 5.79
10 2019 400m T37 57.05
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Long Jump T37 5.70
4 2016 400m T38 55.86
7 2018 400m T37 1:02.61
4 2018 Long Jump T37 5.85