Gael Geffroy

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T20

Further personal information

Residence
Montluçon, FRA
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age eight.
Why this sport?
He first played basketball but later switched to athletics. He first began as an able-bodied athlete but once he was diagnosed with autism he approached the French Federation for Adaptive Sports [FFSA]. "I love to run and show that, beyond my difficulties, I can do the same and even better than able-bodied athletes."
Club / Team
Montlucon Athletisme: France
Name of coach
Christian Laforest [club]; Renaud Laurent [fitness]
Training Regime
He trains up to 10 sessions per week. In intensive training weeks he covers 100 kilometres weekly. He also trains at the Centre of Sports Resources, Expertise and Performance [CREPS] in Vichy, France, twice a week.

General interest

Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Bourbonnais Sportsman of the Year by the council of the Allier department in France. (sports-allier.fr, 14 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He has taken part in able-bodied cross-country competitions in France. (Facebook profile, 12 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Theo is also a Para athlete who has taken part in national competitions at youth level in France. (Facebook profile, 12 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Facebook profile, 13 Jul 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with a mild version of autism in 2006. (lamontagne.fr, 16 Aug 2020; le-pays.fr, 25 Oct 2018)
Other information
LOCAL PIONEER
In 2018 he and his family relocated to Montlucon, France, where Gael joined the Montlucon Athletisme club. His father Denis said the club started a special Para sport section just for him, as the club did not previously have any Para athletes. "We met coach Christian Laforest and ended up talking for a whole afternoon. He realised the potential of Gael who began getting some results," his father said. (Facebook profile, 13 Jul 2020; le-pays.fr, 25 Oct 2018)