Through Normandy editorial workers
Published on 13 June 21 at 21:02
Edgar Empis, nonetheless licensed at Boos desk tennis membership, close to Rouen (Seine-Maritime), is listed excessive stage athlete and resident of the France Espoirs handisport middle in Talence. He returns as quickly as he can in his city and on Saturday May 29, 2021, he was obtained on the town corridor by the mayor Bruno Grisel, the first assistant Catherine Demangel and the sports activities assistant Brigitte Prieur. And for good motive ! On May 24, he achieved an actual feat by going to land, at solely 17 years previous, a silver medal at the French Handisport Seniors Elite Championship !
A pleasure for the municipality of Boos
“We congratulate you, Edgar. It is an honor for our municipality and for our table tennis club which saw you start. To have a vice-champion of France in a club of 70 licensees for a small town of 3,500 inhabitants, is a source of pride. Your parents should also be proud of you, ”mentioned the mayor.
Edgar began desk tennis at the age of 9, coached by Jérôme Juge who nonetheless trains him. “It was while watching Florian Merrien (also a Norman athlete) play at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 that I had the click. I wanted to be a champion like him, ”Edgar remembers. The young disabled desk tennis participant is hemiplegic on the left aspect, arm and leg, after a stroke at beginning. To play, he solely makes use of his proper arm and is fitted with a carbon splint that retains his left leg in place and ensures his standing stability. He additionally performs with the able-bodied. “This is an opportunity for him to ensure his total inclusion in society despite his disability”, underline his dad and mom.
Already a wonderful course
In 2019, Edgar captured a bronze medal at the Youth Paralympic Games at age 15 in the Under-23 class. It was in Finland, for his first choice in the France Espoirs staff. This season, he’s ranked n ° 7 French in his handicap class. He managed to climb to the ultimate of France handisport Élite, class 8. “It’s a superb success and a magnificent experience for him”, feedback his father, Sébastien Empis, who’s the Normandy desk tennis handisport referent.
Tired after these three intensive days of competitors in Metz (it was May 22, 23, 24), Edgar nonetheless feels lots of pleasure along with his silver medal and there may be lots! In the ultimate, he misplaced to Thomas Bouvais, No. 1 French for a number of years and who shall be at the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer time.
So quickly the holidays, however not fairly but for the young champion, since from July 4 to 9, he’ll take part in a coaching course with the greatest young French folks. A terrific journey that continues to be to be adopted …
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