He needed to quickly retailer his previous cork racket due to the confinement, however didn’t cease doing his each day sport. Jean-Paul Boudeville, who celebrated his 102 years on Thursday, November 26, performs each morning “forty movements of flexibility and forty movements of abdominals”. Not to say a number of classes of train bikes or punching luggage.
This is maybe the key of the longevity of the retiree of Beaumont-sur-Oise, dean of the French table tennis federation. Because the one which some individuals nickname “papy ping” still teases the small celluloid ball. He was even resulting from take part final June within the Veterans World Championships, scheduled for Bordeaux however postponed till subsequent yr as a result of well being disaster.
As a teen, he created a ping-pong part … in an affiliation of lyrical singing
“Not being able to train anymore, I miss it,” plague this fanatic who found table tennis at the age of 10. “My parents gave me a game at Christmas, at the time it was not very well known, remembers the former insurer and real estate agent, installed in a room of his house in Beaumont with the walls covered with photos and press clippings. It was very rudimentary. We would fix the net on the oval dining room table and I would play with my grandmother. I immediately hooked. “
So much so that the teenager created his first club in his hometown of Méru (Oise), after having opened a table tennis section … in a lyrical singing association. “I liked the atmosphere, my friends,” smiles this achieved sportsman, who has additionally performed water polo, boxing, tennis and crusing and who still stored the targets of the veteran Beaumont soccer crew. over 50 years previous.
A “nice assembly with Jacques Secrétin”
If he concedes having had “a number of passions”, Jean-Paul Boudeville has always continued table tennis. And the one who was a player “of fine regional stage” does not intend to stop. Even if he now plays against opponents who are sometimes only thirteen years old. “They are always very nice,” says the patriarch, five times grandfather and four times great-grandfather. They pick up the balls for me. And at each competition, people ask me to take pictures ”.
His notoriety has even allowed him to meet figures like Jacques Secrétin, a reference in hexagonal ping-pong who died last week. “A great meeting” with the former world number two, whom Jean-Paul Boudeville greeted in a letter sent to his widow.
“It’s a mistake to cease sport since you are getting previous”
But above all, he desires to make seniors conscious of the apply of sport. “That’s what keeps me in shape, blows the one who put his car in the garage last year. And my goal is to try to convince the seniors that it is a mistake to stop because you are getting older. On the contrary, we must continue because we are getting old. It is a virtuous circle. “
A militant message which corresponds well to the personality of the volunteer with communicative energy, holder of the gold medal of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, rewarding the associative commitment. Because the athlete has never been content to be a simple practitioner. After opening a sports section in the Benoto factory, which manufactured skips in Persan, and where he was notably secretary general or personnel manager after his military service, he thus created the table tennis section of the UMO (Union Municipale Omnisports) Beaumont-sur-Oise, of which he was president for more than forty years.
“He’s an alien who moves all the time”
“For me Jean-Paul, it’s table tennis,” smiles Arnaud André, who succeeded him at the head of the club in 2009. It’s as if he was part of my family. He’s my grandfather, my great-grandfather, my godfather… He’s an alien, who moves all the time. He practically did all sports. He had several lives in one. “
The leader welcomes the commitment of his elder, now Honorary President. “It’s a model for us,” he sums up. An instance. We have plenty of human values within the membership and Jean-Paul embodies that. He is an interesting particular person, who’s unanimous. “