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RADIUS Louis
Sport Para athletics
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthSuresnes, FRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38
Further Personal Information
Family
One son
Residence
Dinard, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant, Sports Teacher
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Sport Studies - Paris-Nanterre University: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1996 in Paris-Versailles, France. Prior to that he was involved in dancing, American football and tennis.
Why this sport?
His mother enrolled him into an athletics club after watching him accepting running challenges from a friend. "He lived 5km from home and challenged me to go there running, breaking every time my previous time...Athletics has always been more than just about results for me. Running is a beautiful way to develop my aptitudes, both physical and mental. What I've learnt over these years, in the good times as well as the bad, will serve me in life for every day that follows."
Club / Team
Paris Universite Club: France
Training Regime
He trains up to 12 sessions per week which include: running, gym workout, speed and aerobic exercise sessions. He organises his own training camps all over France.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
France
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Loulou (Facebook profile, 26 Sep 2017)
Hobbies
Dancing, music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning silver medals at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships, and winning two gold medals at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and his first coach. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US American football player Emmitt Smith, Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In mid-2017 he suffered from tendonitis in his knee and foot pain. (blog.derichebourg-multiservices.com, 26 Jul 2017; enroutepourrio.eu, 13 Jul 2017)

In 2014 he suffered from a sprained ankle in May and an Achilles tendon injury in July. (eap-broceliande.com, 12 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"For me sport is a tool, a sort of lever which allows you to discover yourself. A well-being agent of personal development. With sport I could overcome my impairment situation, to stop my school difficulties and to continue with my studies. Today, sport is my Swiss knife that makes me open doors and keep on going forward." (trail-session.fr, 06 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the president of France. (LinkedIn profile, 28 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)
Impairment
He briefly lacked oxygen before being born and as a result he was born with hemiplegia, which affects the movement of his left arm and left leg. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a technical and sports adviser for the development of public health policies at the Ministry of Sports in France. "We work for the promotion of the 2024 Olympic Games [in Paris] in the Brittany region. We aim to propose packages to international federations so high performance athletes or delegations can come over." (LinkedIn profile, 28 Jul 2018; Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020)

FUTURE PLANS
He wants to become a national coach or be part either of the French Olympic or Paralympic committee for the 2024 Games in Paris. He expects to finish his high performance career at the 2021 World Championships in Kobe, Japan. (Agefiph YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2020; trail-session.fr, 06 Feb 2020)

FURTHER STUDIES
He has earned several diplomas in the fields of sports, coaching, evaluation and physical preparation, nutrition sciences and wellbeing studies. (LinkedIn profile, 28 Jul 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 1500m T38 4:17.19
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2006 200m T38 27.48
12 2006 400m T38 59.62
5 2006 4 x 400m Relay T35-38 4:14.41
3 2015 800m T38 2:05.39
2 2015 1500m T38 4:10.17
6 2017 800m T38 2:05.12
2 2017 1500m T38 4:12.25
7 2019 1500m T38 4:13.74
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 1500m T38 4:21.44
1 2016 1500m T38 4:20.01
1 2016 800m T38 2:06.11
2 2018 1500m T38 4:16.66