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Published on 15 Feb 22 at 17:06
“In the Leblanc family, I would like the grandfather. In the Leblanc family, I would like the grandson”. Around the “ping” table in the assembly room Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle (Eure), close to Pont-Audemer, a sport of the 7 households could possibly be improvised. By itself, the Leblanc family represents simply over 20% of licensees (33 gamers). Every Wednesday, three generations come collectively to hit the little white plastic ball.
From grandparents to grandchildren
First there is the “dean”, Gerardwho has chaired the membership for 33 years (1984-2017). “I started playing table tennis when I was just over 30 years old. I played in Brionne, where I lived. Then we built in Saint-Philbert with my wife Nicole. There was no club here so we wanted to start one. At first it was complicated. We started with just two tables. The town then offered us four tables,” he explains.
Contrary to what one may suppose, it was not Gérard who was the first president of the membership. “It was Nicole who was president for the first two years (1982-1984) because I was still playing at Brionne,” he provides. Since then, she has held the place of secretary, whereas additionally being an umpire with her son, Fabrice. On the sporting stage, she certified 4 instances for the French veteran championships. In 2019, in Auch (Gers), she managed to move a spherical by attaining a pleasant efficiency.
In the late 80s and early 90s, their kids shortly obtained a racket of their fingers. Sandrine Fauvel, 43, began out as a cadet. Fabrice, 41, began at 7 years previous. “As a youngster, he competed in a regional Top 12. He did an internship at Creps (Center for Resources of Expertise and Sports Performance) with the Boumedouha brothers (Karim and Slimane, current or former numbered player * who play at the Entente Saint-Pierraise and Évreux EC). He could have gone higher but preferred to stay at the club and play with his family, ”underlines Gérard Leblanc. The youthful sister, Agnes, 39, practiced one season in 2001-2002. For three years, Fabrice’s companion, editedadditionally started to play and play competitions.
Today, the grandchildren take over. There are Enzo (13 years previous), who has been taking part in for six years. At the similar time, he additionally performs tennis. It have to be stated that Mickaël is the coach of the Saint-Philbert membership. Then there is Lilian (9 years previous) which began a couple of years after his older brother. They have been competing for a couple of years. In a while, the very younger Nino (3 years previous) will definitely observe his brothers. Little by little, Gérard Leblanc is taking a step again and left the presidency of the membership to his son in 2017. “I said that I would stop at 70. I continue to play and help Fabrice if necessary. For eight years, I have also been playing tarot. I joined the Pont-Audemer club six years ago. This year, I will compete in the French championship, ”he rejoices.
The membership is 40 years previous
This yr, the membership celebrates its fortieth anniversary. With the Leblanc couple, two different gamers had been already current at the delivery of the membership: Claude Lebreton, the dean of the membership (83 years previous) and Bruno Bergonzi. “After the confinements, we didn’t really lose any players. We are thirty-three and in the history of the club, we have never been more than thirty-five”, point out Gérard and Nicole. This season, the membership has entered 5 groups in the senior league and two in youth groups. “It goes from Departmental 1 to D4. At best, the club has evolved into Regional 4 “, they develop.
In the departmental teams, the Leblanc family is represented in four out of five teams. If the D1 team aims to go up to the regional level, the other formations wish to maintain themselves. For the second year, the club has the opportunity to play its championship matches in the Montfort gymnasium. “We bought four tables to leave them there,” concludes Gérard Leblanc.
* numbered gamers are a part of the 1,000 finest French gamers
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