Florent Bardin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Bordeaux, FRA
Occupation
Student
Languages
French
Higher education
ESG Business School: Bordeaux, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
His mother, a Para swimmer, introduced him to the sport. "When I was little, I went to see her competition at Forges-les-Eaux. I loved that atmosphere with all the swimmers. I was entranced by them."

General interest

Hobbies
Handcycling. (wearesport.fr, 21 Aug 2014)
Hero / Idol
French Para swimmers Elodie Lorandi, David Smetanine, and Severyne Ardelle-Bondu [his mother], French able-bodied swimmers Hugues Duboscq and Alain Bernard. (wearesport.fr, 21 Aug 2014)
Injuries
He underwent major surgery on his legs in 2009 and was forced to give up sports for a year. He later regained his physical form through swimming. (florent-bardin.fr, 19 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." (Facebook profile, 01 Feb 2015)
Famous relatives
His mother Severyne Ardelle-Bondu was a competitive Para swimmer. (wearesport.fr, 21 Aug 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (florent-bardin.fr, 19 Sep 2015; oise.fr, 27 Aug 2015)
Impairment
He was born with the neurological condition Strumpell-Lorraine. His experience of the condition is characterised by paralysis in the lower limbs. (wearesport.fr, 21 Aug 2014; florent-bardin.fr, 19 Sep 2015)
Other information
FRIENDSHIP
He is close friends with Paralympic swimming champion Elodie Lorandi, who he describes as being like a 'big sister' to him. (florent-bardin.fr, 19 Sep 2015)