Renaud CLERC

Renaud CLERC

Born on 1st May 2001 (22 years old) in Albi (Tarn, 81)

DISCIPLINE:

  • Para-athletics (1,500 m, T37 category)
  • Club : ECLA Albi TRAINING CENTRE: INSEP

    ACHIEVEMENTS :
     
  • 2023: 8th place in the finals at the Paris World Championships
  • 2021: Bronze medal at the European Championships in Bydgoszcz.

Renaud Clerc turned a lifelong handicap into a strength that drives him to set ambitious goals. Today he is a top-level para-athlete aspiring to a medal at the Paralympic Games and a student in the Public Affairs Master’s Degree programme at the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

Renaud’s parents are great athletes who passed along their love of sport and competition from a young age: skiing, climbing, rugby, and kayaking when he entered secondary school. He kayaked with able-bodied athletes, competed at high levels, spent long hours training, and developed a taste for the adrenaline of competition. His ambitions grew with his love of victory and achievement.

Early on, Renaud began to dream of the Paralympic Games. At the age of 16, he joined the French para-athletics team. After racing the 200- and 400-m, the Albi native specialised in the 1,500-m. He missed competing in the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games by a single second.

Today he is one of the world’s eight best athletes in his category and is poised to qualify for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games. While the young student prioritised his studies at the beginning of this Olympiad, he will dedicate 2024 to his Paralympic ambition. To prepare for success, he has decided to train at the INSEP, a national centre for guidance in French athletic excellence. An extra asset to change the game.

 

 

I have been disabled since birth. I have always wanted to prove that, despite my handicap, I could
change things around and do as well – if not better – than anyone else. This guides me on the track as well as in the classroom. Last year I invested a huge amount of energy in my studies at Sciences Po, and I had to deal with injuries. Since the summer I have been making a comeback, and I am planning on going into Paralympic mode very soon and very hard!

Follow Renaud’s journey to Paris 2024