Disabled TT5 desk tennis participant Alexandra Saint-Pierre celebrated her successful transfer within the ultimate of the Disabled World Championships in Granada (Spain) on 12 November. The results of a blinding journey of 4 years of bodily effort bolstered by a thoughts of metal. Along with her gold medal round her neck, at 24, the Rouennaise, licensed on the Tennis Membership de Bois-Guillaume is now aiming to qualify for the Paralympic Video games in Paris in 2024.
Reconstruction by way of sport
Born in Flixecourt (80), Alexandra Saint-Pierre was already enjoying desk tennis and getting ready for a profession in well being. Solely, after a number of sicknesses, she was the sufferer of a primary highway accident in August 2017 which marked her deeply, adopted by an assault in her faculty in February 2018: “I had a post-traumatic syndrome which continues to be being processed. I not wished to depart my home, ”recollects the younger lady.
Misfortune would befall her once more in October 2018. Alexandra is injured. The results are tragic since she finds herself confined to a wheelchair. Upon leaving hospital, the Picardy determined to settle in Rouen. In January 2019, she selected to return to sport and enrolled at SPO Rouen Desk Tennis the place she met her coach Guillaume Marais. Figuring out for the long run…
“Sport helped me recreate social ties and rebuild myself. Regardless that I had the fundamentals of desk tennis, I needed to study the methods with my wheelchair and to know the peak of the desk and the sight view. It represented hours and hours of coaching from Monday to Friday. I owe all of this to Guillaume. That is why he registered me on March 30, 2019 in a contest that I received.
A stunning trajectory
On Could 18, 2019, for her first French Championships in Roanne, Alexandra got here dwelling with a bronze medal which “confirmed that the efforts have borne fruit and gave me ambitions for the long run”. Seen, she obtained her registration within the record of high-level sportswomen on the French Handisport Federation (FFH). A couple of months later, she adopted her coach to the Bois-Guillaume Tennis Membership (close to Rouen) the place, already in her thoughts, the Paris 2024 Olympics undertaking was being solid.
Nonetheless, the well being disaster will flip every little thing the wrong way up: “it was a sophisticated interval. I continued to coach nearly fifteen hours per week, however why? There was not any chance of evaluating his stage in opposition to opponents, ”recollects the desk tennis participant bitterly. However nothing has shaken Alexandra. As quickly because the competitions resumed, the champion aligned the outcomes with specifically six gold medals in worldwide competitions out of seven participations: “It was my goal for 2021. It was written in my head. I wished to do my finest to qualify for the 2022 Worlds”.
Grasp the stress
Alexandra has received her wager. From November 6 to 12, the Rouennaise first lined up in blended doubles together with her compatriot Fabien Lamirault. The duo will exit instantly in opposition to the Turkish pair Abdullah Ozturck and Nergiz Altintas with the rating of 3-0. Then, within the ladies’s doubles together with her normal accomplice Flora Vautier, the French received a bronze medal after their 3-1 defeat in opposition to the Koreans Jiyu Yoon/Younger Jung “who had been with out query attainable above us”.
It was as seeded No. 3 on Wednesday, November 9 that Alexandra entered the Girls’s Singles desk. She then overpowered Argentina’s Nayla Kuell within the 1/4 ultimate “3-1 once I was very tense. I had quite a lot of bother getting began.” The rating would be the similar in 1/2 in opposition to her finest enemy, the Korean Sunghye Moon, seeded n°2: “It is the match I used to be dreading. We met 4 occasions and we had been tied. It was the wonder that I ready nicely. I go away there nonetheless a set. It was in my head,” recollects Alexandra.
Nevertheless it nonetheless occurs! So, for the ultimate, the para-sportswoman discovered herself going through Thailand’s Panwas Ringam: “I’ve already received 3-2 on the French Open. She has a really particular sport. So, regardless of my stress, I mentioned to myself that we should not waste time. On a rating of 3-0, Alexandra skilled this victory “like a launch. You are feeling your coronary heart beating on your first Marseillaise. I let just a few tears stream, however I particularly considered my household, my coach and my journey. It is a good revenge.”
After just a few days of relaxation, the sportswoman has already returned to coaching and is already registered in native competitions: “Now, for 4 years, I would be the goal. Everyone’s gonna wanna rating in opposition to me [rires]. However, as Guillaume instructed me from the final level of the ultimate, we do not cease there ! We’re getting ready for the European Championships in England in September 2023 and particularly the Paris 2024 Paralympic Video games. That’s nonetheless my actual goal. This gold medal will assist me as a result of as we speak I enter the record of Elites”. See you from August 28 to September 8, 2024!