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EDON Gaelle
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC France   
GenderWomen
Age32
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Megève, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was involved in a number of sports during her childhood, and first got into Para sport in 2015 through Para athletics and Para rowing. She began sport shooting in October 2016, and in February 2017 she won her first national French shooting Para sport title in the 10m air pistol event. She was then identified by national federation coaches, who invited her to join the national team.
Why this sport?
"One day I was invited to come and try shooting. I went along, and it pleased me straight away, so I signed up to a club. What I like about it is the concentration, you get into your little bubble and you forget all the little problems in life. It's the only sport that can do that. When I shoot, I'm calm and in my little bubble, cut off from the world."
Club / Team
Chevaliers Tireurs Rumilliens: Rumilly, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Rowing, mountaineering. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para athletics at national level in France. (cdos74.org, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018)
Impairment
In 2012 she sustained a blow to the back of her head in a work accident. The injury resulted in paralysis on the left side of her body. (ledauphine.com, 21 Oct 2017; aviron-auvergne-rhone-alpes.fr, 2017)
Other information
ROWING PROTOTYPE
She enjoys rowing but initially found the sport difficult to practise on her own because she can only use one arm due to her impairment. She recruited six mechanical engineering students from the University Institute of Technology [IUT] Annecy in France to help her design an oar system that would allow her to row on her own. The prototype was successful, which led to it winning the Innovation Award at the 2016 Paris Boat Show in France. She has since founded an association in the Haute-Savoie region of France called 'La Pelle Tenace' [The Tenacious Oar] which is dedicated to introducing rowing to people with an impairment, as well as able-bodied people. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018; cdos74.org, 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Prior to her accident she was a trained mountain rescuer. She has climbed Mont Blanc in Europe, and since acquiring her impairment she has returned to the mountains for a variety of activities, including tandem paragliding off Mont Blanc du Tacul, a mountain in the French Alps. In 2018 she said she was planning an ascension of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and says she is motivated to take part in mountaineering adventures in order to "show to other people with impairments that you must fight and go to any length to realise your dreams". (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018; ledauphine.com, 21 Oct 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
22 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 536
19 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 326
48 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 518
12 2019 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 343
20 2019 P6 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 - Team  
27 2019 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 533
World Cup (Osijek)
Rank Year Event Result
20 2017 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 505
14 2017 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 314
8 2017 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 105.8
22 2017 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 462
26 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 528
18 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 541
8 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 336
32 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 475
28 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 523
9 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 535
5 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 346
35 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 476
30 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 519
19 2019 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 536
11 2019 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 342
18 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 529
16 2019 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 308
13 2019 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 535
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 341
6 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 149.0
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
25 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
31 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
23 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1  
31 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
23 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1