Emilie Tabouret

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B1

Further personal information

Residence
Marseille, FRA
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She started skiing around the age of six with her parents in the Hauts-Doubs region of France. She did not ski much during her adolescence, but once she started university she rediscovered her passion for the sport.
Why this sport?
"I have always done a lot of sport. I adore the sensations of skiing. It allows me to express myself. Biathlon has helped me discover a lot of amazing sensations and experiences. It's a splendid discipline that demands physical and mental strength, and concentration. My visual impairment has slowed my ability to move and get around, so skiing is something that allowed me to experience sensations I otherwise could not feel, to get the blood pumping in my muscles and in my head, to feel alive and live better with my handicap without worrying about what other people think. It's a never-ending positive influence."
Club / Team
ASLAA Marseille: France

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport at the highest level teaches you so much about mastering your body, your mind, dealing with stress and responsibility, while sharing the experience and working as a team. For me, the lessons I learn through sport apply to my professional work. It teaches you the value of effort, respecting others, how to deal with defeat and success, and to keep humble in all situations."
(universki.fr, 2007)
Awards and honours
In 2002 she was awarded the National Order of Merit by the French government. (universki.fr, 2007)
Other sports
She competes in both para-biathlon and cross-country skiing events. She originally competed in para-cycling [tandem] in France before skiing. (handisport.org, 18 Apr 2016; paracyclisme-handisport.fr, 30 Jun 2011; fouleedegreasque.fr, 2007)
Impairment
She has been blind since birth. (yanous.com, 2002)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a computer engineer. (doubs.fr, 17 Oct 2009; yanous.com, 2002; fouleedegreasque.fr, 2007, fondationdefrance.org, 15 Jan 2013)