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Renaud Clerc

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Albi, FRA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
French
Higher education
Law - Jean Francois Champollion National University Institute: Albi, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2016. He began competing in 2017.
Why this sport?
He was born into a family of sports enthusiasts. He took part in skiing, climbing, rugby and then kayaking. He initially began practising athletics as physical preparation for kayaking.
Club / Team
ECLA Albi: France
Name of coach
Michel Molinier [club], FRA
Training Regime
He trains 16 hours a week, divided into seven sessions. He regularly does high altitude training camps in Font Romeu, France, taking part in climbing, trekking and kayaking.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
France
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Watching sports, reading political books. (handisport.org, 21 Jun 2019; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning multiple French national titles. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Michel Molinier. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"Before a race I pour a bottle of water over my head and then I throw it away. That lifts me up and stimulates me just before running. It's not very ecologically friendly, but that is my trick." (handisport.org, 21 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's how I see myself that builds me, not how people see me." (La Mutuelle Generale YouTube channel, 19 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received the medal for merit at the French national kayaking championships. (ladepeche.fr, 24 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He has won French national school-age titles in canoe slalom. (ladepeche.fr, 24 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
His grandfather has been president of the kayaking club in Albi, France. (France 3 Occitanie YouTube channel, 01 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (ladepeche.fr, 24 Mar 2018; lequipe.fr, 20 Kan 2021)
Impairment
He was born with hemiplegia in his right side after sustaining a stroke during birth. (ladepeche.fr, 24 Mar 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Other information
ATHLETICS OVER KAYAKING
After competing in both sports growing up, he chose to focus on athletics instead of kayaking. "[In athletics] we are in direct competition with others, we are solely responsible for our victories and defeats. Athletics also remains 'the' discipline of the Paralympic Games." (lequipe.fr, 20 Jan 2021)