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Manon Genest

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Occupation
Armed Services, Athlete
Languages
French
Higher education
Engineering - National Institute of Applied Sciences [INSA]: Blois, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in January 2018.
Why this sport?
Before her accident she swam for 16 years and trained in martial arts. She took up Para triathlon following her accident after she was told that sport could help to rebuild her life. She was then asked by the French Federation to join the Para athletics national team. She decided to focus on Para athletics after Para triathlon was not considered for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "The sense of surpassing myself and the chance of going beyond my limits at every training session - that is the drive to improve."
Club / Team
Decines Meyzieu Athletisme [FRA] / La Berrichonne Athletic Club [FRA]:
Training Regime
She has five training sessions a week and trains alongside able-bodied athletes in Decines Charpieu, France.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold in Para triathlon at the 2016 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and being crowned French champion in the 400m. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; actu.fr, 19 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gregory Duval, and her teammates. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
French Para athletes Marie-Amelie Le Fur and Louis Radius. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Among my values there is the need to surpass myself. [Every race] is actually a challenge against myself." (lequipe.fr, 03 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Sports Star at an annual awards ceremony of French sports magazine L'Equipe. (lequipe.fr, 03 Dec 2019)
Other sports
She has represented France in Para triathlon and won gold in the PT3 event at the 2016 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lanouvellerepublique.fr, 16 Jan 2020)
Impairment
The impairment to her left arm and left leg is the result of a road accident. She also has a hearing impairment after not using ear protection at rifle practice while attending military school. (mcdef.fr, 01 Oct 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018; actu.fr, 01 Dec 2017; Association La FEDEEH YouTube channel, 22 Dec 2015; lanouvellerepublique.fr, 26 Jul 2016)
Other information
MULTI-DISCIPLINE
She competes in the 400m and long jump. She qualified to compete in long jump at the 2020 Paralympic Games through her performance at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, just four months after taking up the event. "At the beginning I was not supposed to do them both [400m and long jump], but I consider it something positive as I don't want to focus on just one event." (lanouvellerepublique.fr, 16 Jan 2020; lequipe.fr, 03 Dec 2019)

OCCUPATION
She works for the French army in Lyon, France, as part of a department responsible for risk prevention at army workplace facilities. (klesia.fr, 13 Nov 2019; handiamo.com, 27 Sep 2019)

CLUB SWITCH
In 2020 she left the Paris Universite Club to join the Berrichonne Athletic Club in her hometown of Chateauroux. "It was a wish on my part to join the club. The city of Chateauroux has given me a lot. The state of confinement [during the COVID-19 lockdown] made me think about things a lot. There was a human side to sport that was I missing. Berrichonne is a smaller club but I can find myself there." (lanouvellerepublique.fr, 08 Sep 2020)