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Gaelle Edon

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Residence
Megève, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was involved in a number of sports during her childhood, and first got into Para sport in 2015 through Para athletics and Para rowing. She began sport shooting in October 2016, and in February 2017 she won her first national French shooting Para sport title in the 10m air pistol event. She was then identified by national federation coaches, who invited her to join the national team.
Why this sport?
"One day I was invited to come and try shooting. I went along, and it pleased me straight away, so I signed up to a club. What I like about it is the concentration, you get into your little bubble and you forget all the little problems in life. It's the only sport that can do that. When I shoot, I'm calm and in my little bubble, cut off from the world."
Club / Team
Chevaliers Tireurs Rumilliens: Rumilly, FRA

General interest

Hobbies
Rowing, mountaineering. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para athletics at national level in France. (cdos74.org, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018)
Impairment
In 2012 she sustained a blow to the back of her head in a work accident. The injury resulted in paralysis on the left side of her body. (ledauphine.com, 21 Oct 2017; aviron-auvergne-rhone-alpes.fr, 2017)
Other information
ROWING PROTOTYPE
She enjoys rowing but initially found the sport difficult to practise on her own because she can only use one arm due to her impairment. She recruited six mechanical engineering students from the University Institute of Technology [IUT] Annecy in France to help her design an oar system that would allow her to row on her own. The prototype was successful, which led to it winning the Innovation Award at the 2016 Paris Boat Show in France. She has since founded an association in the Haute-Savoie region of France called 'La Pelle Tenace' [The Tenacious Oar] which is dedicated to introducing rowing to people with an impairment, as well as able-bodied people. (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018; cdos74.org, 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Prior to her accident she was a trained mountain rescuer. She has climbed Mont Blanc in Europe, and since acquiring her impairment she has returned to the mountains for a variety of activities, including tandem paragliding off Mont Blanc du Tacul, a mountain in the French Alps. In 2018 she said she was planning an ascension of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and says she is motivated to take part in mountaineering adventures in order to "show to other people with impairments that you must fight and go to any length to realise your dreams". (fondationbanquepopulaire.fr, 20 Sep 2018; ledauphine.com, 21 Oct 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P2 - Women's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 22
P5 - Mixed 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 19