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Charles Rozoy

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Dijon, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
French, English, Spanish
Higher education
Coaching, Sports Science - University of Burgundy: Dijon, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age eight but did not begin training seriously until age 15. He began Para swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
He began swimming after meeting his first coach Eric Lebourg by chance. Lebourg was teaching Rozoy's neighbours how to swim and he was invited to join them.
Name of coach
Sylvain Freville [personal], FRA; Sami El Gueddari [national], FRA

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
France

General interest

Nicknames
Nemo (rtl.fr, 28 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Eric Lebourg and Sylvian Freville. (paralympic.org, 04 Nov 2009)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov. (paralympic.org, 04 Nov 2009)
Injuries
In June 2009 he tore his thigh muscle while competing in Chambery, France. (bienpublic.com, 28 Jun 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Love yourself because nobody will do it for you." (24matins.fr, 31 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (Anita Fatis Facebook page, 30 Apr 2016)

He received the Legion of Honour in recognition of his performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (france3.fr, 22 Feb 2013)
Other sports
He has competed in Para triathlon at national level in France. (charles-rozoy.com, 08 Jun 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lequipe.fr, 21 Jul 2020)
Impairment
His left arm was paralysed as the result of a motorcycle accident in July 2008. (lejdc.fr, 09 Jul 2013; vivrefm.com, 03 Jul 2013; u-bourgogne.fr, 23 Nov 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
In 2017 he decided to end to his sporting career to focus on politics. He served as a municipal councillor in local government in Dijon, France, in charge of impairment policies. In 2020 he opted to return to swimming. "My stint in politics was a big disappointment. I wanted to create a better world. I realised that I would never have the right keys to achieve this, unless by abandoning some of my ideals. Politics is a tough world and I didn't have the proper shell to face it. Since December 2019 I started training again in order to clear my mind. I trained two hours daily before going to the office. I trained like a mule. After the first round of elections I began a drastic regime and lost 15 kilograms. I had wished to start my career as a personal development coach but [due to the COVID-19 lockdown] all the conferences that were scheduled were cancelled. Little by little I fell into a very deep hole, so I turned to sport. I started swimming in May [2020] and I enjoyed it. I talked to my coach Sylvain Freville and the national coach Sami El Gueddari, and went to take a look at the rankings. I wouldn't have gotten into the water if I hadn't thought that the Paralympic Games would be within reach. And the fact that the Games in Tokyo were rescheduled for a year later, for me who believes in destiny a little bit, it's an extraordinary chance." (handirect.fr, 19 Sep 2019; lequipe.fr, 21 Jul 2020; lemonde.fr, 01 Mar 2020)

AUTHOR
In February 2014 he published his autobiography. (handirect.fr, 19 Sep 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has a master's degree in communication and mediation. He also has a diploma in safety and water rescue and as a sports teacher in swimming activities. (Facebook page, 22 Jul 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 3 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 9999
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 3 2012-08-30 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-03 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-03 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2013-08-13 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2013-08-18 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2015-07-13 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2015-07-15 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2015-07-15 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2016-09-09 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-16 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2016-09-17 8