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CHARDARD Laurent
Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthSaint-Pierre, REU
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bordeaux, FRA
Languages
French
Higher education
Engineering - Institute of Technology [IUT] of Bayonne and the Basque Country: France
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2017.
Why this sport?
He got involved in the sport to overcome his impairment. "I continued doing sport to get myself back on my feet, and that helped me."
Club / Team
Guyenne Handinages: France
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
France
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing underwater rugby, surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding. (reunion.orange.fr, 06 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 09 Aug 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the S6 50m butterfly at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (la1ere.francetvinfo.fr, 15 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you like the most and be persistent." (reunion.orange.fr, 06 Sep 2019)
Impairment
In 2016 he lost his right arm and right leg as a result of injuries he sustained in a shark attack while bodyboarding at Boucan Canot beach on Reunion, a French overseas department. He was rescued by a lifesaver on a jet ski and taken to hospital by helicopter in a critical condition, where he underwent amputations and eventually recovered. (ipreunion.com, 27 May 2018; fmns.fr, 22 Feb 2017; lequipe.fr, 31 Aug 2016)
Other information
FROM REUNION TO FRANCE
He was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion, but relocated to continental France in 2009 in order to study engineering. (linfo.re, 17 Dec 2019; reunion.orange.fr, 06 Sep 2019)

REUNION RESCUE
In 2015 he had returned to Reunion during the university holidays, when he was involved in an underwater rescue. A man had lost consciousness after jumping into deep water from a height of more than 20 metres, so Chardard and a friend dived in to save him. The victim was evacuated by helicopter and recovered, while Chardard and his friend were featured on French national news. "The hardest thing was that the victim had sunk to the bottom, approximately seven or eight metres deep, which was hard to reach. When I reached the bottom I had no air left, but I couldn't leave him, so I grabbed him and swum up to about three metres from the surface when my friend Jeremy helped me get him out." (France 3 News YouTube Channel, 19 Aug 2015)

PERSONAL PROSTHETIC
He uses a singular prosthetic for his right arm, which is supported from underneath his armpit. He developed the prosthetic himself so he was able to continue bodyboarding. "It helps me to grab the board to guide it and do some figures. But then I realised I could do everyday things with it, such as carrying a bag or holding a sheet of paper." (reunion.orange.fr, 06 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 100m Freestyle S6 1:08.16
3 2019 50m Freestyle S6 30.74
2 2019 50m Butterfly S6 31.41