Margot BOULET

Margot-Boulet

Born on 13 May 1990 (33 years old) in Provins (Seine-et-Marne, 77)

DISCIPLINE:

  • Para rowing (PR3-Mix4+ category)
  • Club : Cercle Aviron Nogentais
     

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2022 : Silver medal at the European Championships in Munich
  • 2021 : Bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo
  • 2020 : Bronze medal at the European Championships in Poznan

    Prove that it is possible to be a woman and join the French National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN); possible to recover from a paralysing parachute accident and to reinvent oneself as a high-level para-athlete... Margot Boulet proves that it is possible with her exceptional story.

At the age of 18, Margot was a high-level swimmer studying biology. At 22, she joined the Gendarmerie with the ambition to join its elite police unit, the GIGN. She passed the tests at her first attempt, then went through the pre-selection week and the physical and psychological trials of a two-month pre-traineeship. Already the only woman among some sixty candidates, she was selected as one of the seventeen finalists.

But during her training year, Margot was seriously injured during a parachute training course. She spent six months at the hospital, underwent seven operations, and received a prosthetic ankle and a lumbar arthrodesis. She had to give up on her dream and leave the GIGN.

To get over this hardship, Margot quickly returned to the swimming pool, but she could not see herself competing again in that discipline. Instead, she joined the French adaptive rowing team, and with them she competed in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, where she won a bronze medal. In the Paris Games, as was the case in Tokyo, Margot is competing in a mixed coxless four: two men, two women, and a coxswain. 2,000 meters of distance and maximal cardiac intensity for an effort that lasts up to seven minutes.

I started out with a core discipline – swimming – which gave me a taste for effort. At the Gendarmerie
and later at the GIGN, I realised how closely physical resistance is related to mental determination.
After my accident, adaptive rowing made it possible for me to build my life back up through sports.
Setting new objectives, achieving something again, feeling a healthy fatigue despite my handicap: that makes me happy to be alive.

Follow Margot’s journey to Paris 2024