July 7, 2022

Haute-Garonne Department: Promotion of sport to middle school students

Olympic and Paralympic Week: the Departmental Council mobilizes more than fifteen professional and amateur athletes to promote sport among middle school students.

From January 24 to 28, the Departmental Council, labeled “Terre de Jeux 2024”, takes part in Olympic and Paralympic Week. This is set up by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports and Paris 2024 to promote sports practice among young people. Also mobilize the educational community around civic and sports values.

During this week intended to raise awareness among students, parents and teachers about regular sports practice, the Departmental Council offered more than fifteen professional and amateur sportsmen from Haut-Garonne, supported by the community, to go to the colleges of the department in order to discuss with students the benefits of sport and their personal experiences.

Thirteen colleges in Haute-Garonne

Thus nine Sports Ambassadors, a young sportsman and professional sportsmen will be present throughout the week, in the colleges of Bellevue, Rosa Parks, Alphonse de Lamartine, Vauquelin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Zola and Hubertine Auclert in Toulouse, Louisa Paulin in Muret, Léo Ferré in Saint-Lys, François Mitterrand in Fenouillet, Léon Cazeneuve in L’Isle en Dodon, Galilée in La Salvetat Saint-Gilles and François Verdier in Léguevin.

Top athletes

Among the Department’s Sports Ambassadors present, four took part in the Tokyo 2020 Games:

– Rodolphe Jarlan of Stade Toulousain rugby, member of the French wheelchair rugby team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

– Kyrian Vallée du Blagnac athletics, member of the French athletic walking team.

– Benjamin Robert of the Toulouse University Club Athletics Section (Satuc), reigning French 800m champion, took part in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

– Thibault Colard, member of Toulouse rowing and the French rowing team, bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

– Adeline Furst of the Dauphins du TOEC, French long-distance champion.

– Assia Touati and Joris Bouchot of the Dauphins du TOEC, members of the French team at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

– Gwendolen Fer, licensed at Houarn horse riding, member of the French horse riding team.

– Hilary Kpatcha of CA Balma, European champion in the long jump, member of the French athletics team.

Professional clubs of the Department

The Haut-Garonne professional clubs will be represented by Nicolas Burel and Ugo Quinquis from Spacer’s Toulouse Volley, Edouard Kempf and Robin Cantegrel from Fénix Toulouse Handball as well as female players from Blagnac rugby.

Thursday January 27 at 9:30 a.m., Line Malric, vice-president of the Departmental Council, in charge of Sport, Sport-health, will be present at the Galilée college in Salvetat-Saint-Gilles, alongside Brianna Vidé, member of the France d’Handi-fencing and which benefits from the Department’s “Young Sports Hopefuls” grant. The departmental elected representatives of the colleges concerned will also be present to accompany the athletes during this week of meetings and exchanges.

The Department’s support for sports ambassadors and sports hopefuls

Created in 2018 by the Departmental Council, the Sports Ambassadors Scholarship provides financial support to sportsmen from Haut-Garonne over the age of 25, practicing a non-mechanical individual sport or licensed in disabled sports and justifying a national and international track record. Since 2019, the Young Sports Hopes Scholarship has been supporting young amateur athletes aged 13 to 25 who practice an individual sport.

In 2022, the Department supports 38 Sports Ambassadors and 39 Young Sports Hopefuls. Thirteen Department Sports Ambassadors participated in the Tokyo 2020 Games and won five Olympic and Paralympic medals.

This Olympic and Paralympic Week is an opportunity to raise young people’s awareness of the benefits of sport, its practice and the values ​​of respect, tolerance, solidarity and self-transcendence that it conveys. We have in Haute-Garonne talented sportsmen, amateurs and professionals, and are delighted that more than fifteen of them have responded to our invitation to share their passion and their prize list with the college students. The Department of Haute-Garonne remains fully mobilized to promote the Olympic spirit and the practice of sport to as many people as possible.“, underlines Line Malric, vice-president of the Departmental Council, in charge of Sport, Sport-health.

Text photo credit: https://leo-ferre.ecollege.haute-garonne.fr/communication/semaine-olympique-paralympique-22309.htm