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Sport Para swimming
NPC France   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Carole
Lamballe, FRA
Higher education
Dentistry, Surgery
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six at the Nimes Handisport club.
Why this sport?
He began swimming for rehabilitation, and it eventually became a passion for him. "All my family were swimmers too, and despite my handicap I always tried to keep up with my brothers. I even won a few titles in able-bodied categories."
Club / Team
Handisport Saint-Brieuc/CN Lamballe: France
Name of coach
Alain Guenver
General Interest
He has limited use of his legs as a result of the effects of polio, which he contracted as a baby. (, 05 Jul 2011)
Other information
He won 11 Paralympic medals at Stoke Mandeville in 1984 and Seoul in 1988, but he retired in the mid-1990s to concentrate on his family life and finish his studies in dental surgery. In 2010, with the support of his wife Carole, he decided to return to competition, making his comeback at the 2010 national championships in Saint Brieuc, France. (, 05 Jul 2011; Handinage, 01 Nov 2011)

Believing he was eligible to compete in the S7 class in preparation for selection for the 2012 Paralympic Games, he travelled to Sheffield in April 2012 for classification testing by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. The IPC classified him S8, signifying that his impairment is less pronounced than he had always believed. (, 04 Jul 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1984 100m Backstroke 6 1:16.40
6 1984 100m Freestyle 6 1:10.96
3 1984 400m Freestyle 6 5:11.51
3 1984 4 x 50m Individual Medley 6 2:53.58
1 1988 100m Backstroke 5 1:15.79
1 1988 100m Breaststroke 5 1:40.26
3 1988 100m Butterfly 5 1:21.82
2 1988 100m Freestyle 5 1:08.75
2 1988 200m Individual Medley 5 2:55.98
2 1988 400m Freestyle 5 5:20.03