They represent us
Do you know Louise Bernard, Antoine Gasparutto, Stephen Durand and Thomas Jakobs ?
If you follow the news of the French badminton teams, then you certainly already know that these are athletes of the French badminton team.
Louise won the first French medal in an international deaf competition at the European Championship in Slovakia in July 2018.
A terrific performance for this promising 16-year-old athlete who only discovered badminton in 2011, and who has already accumulated titles and medals: triple gold medalist in women's singles in the French Cup 2017/2018/2019, French champion in singles in 2017, French champion in women's doubles in 2018, and many others bronze and silver.
For his part, Antoine already has one of the most complete records in hexagonal badminton: since 2006, he has participated in 8 international competitions, winning 33 medals at the French championships, including 12 French Champions titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Antoine is simply one of the Top 50 in the world!
Stephen is one of the very first para-badminton players in France and started with the French national group in 2014.
Used to medals in both 3 disciplines in France and abroad, Stephen won the silver medal at the French national Championship in 2014 for Mens Double, and eventually became the new French Champion in 2019 for Mens Double.
Thomas is a newcomer in the badminton game: he first discovered badminton in 2017, and won his first medal the following year in an international competition in Brazil.
Current French national Champion for WH2 Men Single and Mens Double, Thomas trains every day and focused on the race to Tokyo Paralympics Games 2020.
All share the same ambitious dreams, commensurate with their talent. For Louise and Antone, the European Championships in 2020 and the Deaflympics (Olympics Games for Deaf) in 2021. Well supervised in their club in Argenton-sur-Creuse (France), they can believe in their dreams of victory.
On their side, Stephen and Thomas are all dedicated to taking part in the Paralympics Games, starting with Tokyo 2020 and above all, Paris 2024.
But make no mistake: athletes with physical disabilities, including those who proudly wear the national colours, are not privileged. Very often these athletes are confronted with the under-mediatization of their performances, and the harsh reality of finding ways to finance their projects.
At QETZAL we have simply decided to do our best to help them. We are a committed company, supporting Louise, Antoine, Stephen and Thomas is as much a pride as it is a tremendous universal hope, as is sport. And if you would like to support them with us, don't hesitate to contact us, we will pass on to them ;-)