Michel Munsch

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F11, T11

Further personal information

Residence
Sarreguemines, FRA
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
After four years of rehabilitation following his accident, he began running again. He competed in long distance events for numerous years at national level in France, before he gained classification to compete in Para athletics at international level in August 2019.
Club / Team
Athletisme Sarreguemines Sarrebourg Arrondissements [ASSA]: France
Training Regime
"When I'm preparing for a half-marathon I run between 150 and 160 kilometres in training each week. If I'm preparing for a 10,000m then it's a bit less."

General interest

Most influential person in career
His father, who trains alongside him to ensure he remains safe when he suffers vision loss or has a seizure. (mosaik-cristal.tv, 04 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I am lucky to have a lot of support from friends and family, and it's also about good results. The more I have good results the more I am able to push myself and go further. I've always had a sort of warrior spirit, never giving up. I think that without this fighting spirit, I probably would not still be here today. So I guess you could say that running is like a form of therapy for me. It's a form of mental therapy. And when I go to competitions, especially important competitions, once the gun fires I want to be on the top step of the podium. Of course winning bronze or silver is great, but it's not enough for me. I always want to stand on the top step." (mosaik-cristal.tv, 04 Apr 2019)
Impairment
In 2005 he was jogging on the footpath next to a road when a bus mounted the footpath and struck him. The impact threw him headfirst into a tree. He spent 10 weeks in a coma and underwent four years of rehabilitation to regain the mobility required to run again. "I have plates and screws all through my head. I suffer from severe headaches every day, and a loss of vision. Sometimes my vision disappears completely for a period of time, due to the damage to my optic and cranial nerves. I've also suffered from epileptic seizures since 2015." (mosaik-cristal.tv, 04 Apr 2019)