ENGIE supports eight French Olympic team athletes in their preparation for 2020
On Monday 15 April 2019, Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE’s CEO, signed a new Performance Pact in the presence of Roxana Maracineanu, French Minister for Sport, committing the Group to supporting eight top athletes along the road that will hopefully lead them to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Among the new ambassadors for ENGIE, there are young hopeful athletes such as Cassandre Beaugrand (22, triathlon), Madeleine Malonga (24, judo) and Luka Mkheidze (22, judo), who join experienced athletes such as Elodie Clouvel (29, modern pentathlon), Pauline Ado (27, surfing), Marie Riou (37, sailing), Billy Besson (37, sailing) and Pierre Le Coq (29, Bronze Medal winner in windsurfing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and already supported by the Group under the first Performance Pact).
Established in 2014 by the Ministry for Sport, the Performance Pact aims to support the athletic and professional careers of athletes aiming for Olympics and Paralympics selection. ENGIE signed up to the scheme at the outset, providing support for five athletes to help them to qualify and prepare for Olympic success in Rio (Brazil).
Four years later, ENGIE, a major partner of French sport for over 27 years, has once again committed its support. Signing this new Performance Pact, the Group is pledging its financial support to these eight athletes from the French Olympics team with a contribution of €20,000 per athlete per year, for a period of two years1.
“ENGIE is very proud to have signed the Performance Pact for the second time and to be supporting eight top athletes in their quest for medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. This backing from ENGIE will boost their energy, enabling them to meet this new challenge with greater confidence. The Group’s employees join me in pledging our full support for these athletes”, said Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE’s CEO.
ENGIE is committed to a strategy to become the leader in the zero-carbon transition. The Group’s experience around the world shows that this transition needs to be supported by dynamic human communities and a rich social fabric, to which sport contributes. Our support for sports and its values is therefore aligned with our commitment to harmonious progress.
1 The Performance Pact is a mechanism, supported by the Ministry of Sports, which sets a financial support capped at 20,000 euros net / athlete / year.