Jean-Marie Coustal, adviser to Roger Vachon for the Île-de-France Judo League, talks about para-judo, the Membership des 100 and partnerships.
What’s your mission as an advisor to Roger Vachon, president of the Ile-de-France Judo League?
My mission is to attach as many departments as doable which can be involved with judo to assist them logistically and financially to hold out occasions on para-judo in every division.
What do you consider the evolution of individuals’s view of para-judo?
There are a lot of issues achieved in Île-de-France and in sure Ile-de-France departments. Some departments, which I will not title, are making quite a lot of effort. However our goal is to handle to make Île-de-France the locomotive and all of the wagons with the Ile-de-France departments in the identical path.
The Ile-de-France Judo League could be very concerned on this theme, whether or not by the motion led by Lucie Dupin, CTF of the Ile-de-France League, at Carrefour’s head workplace in Massy and even Paralympic Day , by which a number of para-judokas took half. In your opinion, does this make it doable to additional democratize this para-discipline?
Fully. We even have, in Île-de-France, through the returns from the world championships honoured, all of the legitimate and para-judo medalists with Hélios (Latchoumanaya). We made a partnership between the Ile-de-France Judo League and Racing 92 rugby at Paris La Défense Area. They invited us to the field with all our medalists in addition to Hélios. Afterwards, we gave a kimono signed by all our athletes to the rugby gamers. In return, the rugby gamers signed a jersey for us and gave it to us. It was a wonderful occasion.
” Hélios Latchoumanaya is an instance to comply with to democratize this taboo of incapacity”
Will different actions be taken to democratize para-judo?
Sure. In the intervening time, we’re getting ready an occasion. Île-de-France representing 100% of Olympic medalists, we’re going to land within the Landes in January. We’re going to go to the division with an able-bodied athlete and a para athlete to democratize this occasion by saying: “Right here, the Ile-de-France residents go to the areas. » We begin with the Landes, we’ll do all of the areas, however every time, we is not going to make a distinction between legitimate and para medalists. This demonstration desires to be inclusive and goals to cease speaking about separatism between the 2 classes.
There may be subsequently a double problem, particularly sustaining this stage of efficiency and together with as many individuals with disabilities as doable…
Not solely increasingly environment friendly, that could be a certainty. However above all that the dad and mom of younger folks with disabilities say to themselves that it’s doable for his or her kids to play sport, which is furthermore at a excessive stage since, in reality, Hélios is a part of this younger class which brings again medals. And actually, it’s an instance to comply with to democratize and get out of this taboo of incapacity within the minds of fogeys and lecturers.
The PRISM can be a great instrument that may present infrastructure to permit the apply of para-sports in good circumstances…
Completely. All that may put the apply of para-judo in the very best place is that of happiness. And certainly, it’s seen with a great eye and I hope that there will probably be increasingly buildings of this sort. It will profit each France and Europe. I feel that European nations will come to do internships there. That is additional proof that Île-de-France is at all times looking out for something that may be constructive in relation to this. And as soon as once more, I thank not solely the president of Île-de-France, Roger Vachon, however all his groups, as a result of that’s the driving pressure and it’s adopted. There may be additionally Lucie Dupin and Gabriel Denis who work so much with me on handi. There’s a actual osmosis of the Île-de-France on this topic.
“The Membership des 100 was created to draw varied firms across the values of judo”
Past the athlete, different gadgets have been put in place to carry folks collectively round judo. We are able to point out the Membership des 100. Are you able to clarify to us what this consists of?
Underneath the impetus of my president, Roger Vachon, we needed to create this Membership of 100 to have the ability to entice small, medium and huge firms to this membership with the values of sport and the values of judo. It is best to know that in judo, I feel that one in three children in France has had at the least one judo session of their life, whether or not at college or on a private foundation, due to their dad and mom. And we understand as we speak that within the enterprise world, there are numerous enterprise leaders who’ve achieved judo or who nonetheless do judo, or else in HR, in administration positions, and so on So we understand that there are quite a lot of judokas and judokas in these areas. As we nonetheless have our ethical code which teaches us politeness, braveness, friendship, self-control, sincerity, respect, honor, modesty, there’s additionally mutual assist. The aim is exactly to inform enterprise leaders that we will carry them along with a standard worth in sport, judo and enterprise. And on the similar time, we could possibly assist our younger people who find themselves in coaching facilities or who’re in hope facilities to discover a job, coaching or work-study applications with all these firms. We are going to, 3 times a yr, manage an occasion within the Paris area with a most of those enterprise leaders. Our athletes, medalists or not, will probably be current and we’ll get younger folks speaking to learn the way they’ll anticipate assist from these enterprise leaders and vice versa.
The aim is subsequently to mix sport and social by occasions like these organized by the Membership des 100…
Completely. Social is sport with values and bases. However certainly, it’s a multi-level challenge, with a number of steps and particularly, the social, societal, sporting, well being, inclusion challenge: every thing is there to attain one thing stunning.
How is this type of gathering welcomed by each younger folks and members of the 100 membership?
The suggestions I’ve from members of the 100 Membership is sort of minimal. I’ll clarify why: we created this in the course of Covid, so it was very difficult. We have been solely in a position to do two occasions. Nonetheless, at each occasions, folks have been thrilled for 2 causes. The primary is conviviality on the coronary heart of the occasion. Then, we give them the chance to the touch, and right here, I’m weighing my phrases, to the touch in actual life a high-level athlete together with his Olympic medal or his World Cup medal, as a result of we ask our athletes to come back with their medals . Enterprise leaders are busy taking a photograph with an athlete and the medal. They contact it, put on it round their neck and really feel what it represents. Throughout this time, the athletes evoke the efforts that they make, the monetary efforts, the household efforts, the efforts of diet, of well being.
“The partnership will tackle its full which means when the courting machine is launched”
There are additionally the partnerships that the Ligue Île-de-France develops with varied firms. What’s the goal of this department?
Our first goal is to seek out companions within the Ile-de-France, since our athletes are licensed in Ile-de-France. Probably the most promising golf equipment are from Ile-de-France. There have to be bridges, coaching, alternations and jobs, it is extra sensible for everybody. Nonetheless, the Covid has actually slowed us down on this goal. It is good to do mailings, to take images, however nothing beats face-to-face. I feel the partnership will actually come into its personal after we lastly launch this courting machine.
When will the primary assembly happen?
Earlier than the tip of the yr. We are going to attempt to make one already at first. Then we’ll launch it within the first quarter of subsequent yr. This kind of assembly will probably be held three to 4 instances a yr, systematically.