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Avi Sourire at the French Rowing Championship

26 handi/valid rowers at the French Championship


This Saturday, February 9th, at the Charlety Stadium in Paris, the 7th French Indoor Rowing Championship was held. 26 rowers from the association Avi Sourire in different situations of disabilities and able-bodied took up the challenge. And we are very happy to announce that they have won 9 medals including two French championship titles !

3 médaillées sur un podium

Disabled and Adaptive Sport category :

Audrey BELKHIR : disabled category PR3, two times French champion in 2000m and 500m and holder of the French record in the 500m (photo, centre)

Emilie TABOURET : disabled category PR3, bronze medal 500m (photo, right)

Maëlle PATINAUD : bronze medal in the disabled category PR1 Women’s 500m

Maeva FALCO : Bronze medal, category PR3 ID Women in adapted sport on 500m


Senior Women category :

Viviane VERDOLLIN : Bronze medal, senior women’s category, all categories 65-69 years old, 2000m.


And 3 medal-winning relays out of 6 entered (relay of 4 people) :

Adapted 1 : Hotman ZEMMOUCHI, Guillaume LATOUR, Jean-Baptiste PELLERANO, Maéva FALCO, bronze medal

Handi /Health1 Relay : Maelle PATINAUD, Emilie TABOURET, Grégory IRANZO, Christelle MARTINI, gold medalist

Relay Handi/Health 2 : Damien GINESTET, Eva POGGIOLI, Julie PISCIOTTA and Audrey BELKHIR, silver medalist


A quick look at the different categories:

  • PR3 : trunk, arms and legs
  • PR3-ID : mental disability
  • PR2 : trunk and arm
  • PR1 : arms and shoulders


Avi Sourire was created in 2007, with the aim of remedying the shortcomings of rowing clubs in welcoming people with disabilities. Today, the association has 75 members : 45 rowers with all types of disabilities and 30 solidarity rowers, aged 10 to 75. The association had already been noticed during the Marseille – Calvi crossing in 2017. They had completed the race in less than 60 hours, without stopovers, and with the strengh of their arms.

We weed them a lot of new victories !