Par Patricia Bigot
Published on Jun 10 23 at 8:46
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If the France 2 cameras made the trip to Batz-sur-Mer (Loire-Atlantique)it is above all to follow the sporting course of Milena Surreau, young Para badminton athlete.
The young woman preparing her qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games is also salt marsh marsh from the community.
Before her departure for Canada, she came to sign at the town hall the partnership agreement which binds her with the City of Batz-sur-Mer (voted at the municipal council on May 15) which sees her as an ambassador for the town.
Promote Batz and salt
It’s a win-win deal. We help her financially and in return, Milena talks about our territory, the job of salt worker…
And in fact, this is what she has been doing regularly since her qualification course without it costing her:
I grew up here. So it’s easy for me to talk about it. And that’s close to my heart!
As proof, in the French soap opera broadcast on Sundays at 1:15 p.m., on France 2, it is followed everywhere in its journey even in its saltworks…
The cameras were therefore present for this signing.
The opportunity to take stock, with the elected representatives present, Michel Kerdoncuff, assistant delegate for finance and Eric Moulié, assistant for associations on the course of the young sportswoman with a disability.
5th out of 6 in the list of qualifiers
The young woman suffers from spastic paraparesisan orphan disease that weakens the lower limbs and autistic disorders.
Integrated in theFrance Para badminton teamMilena is today 10e world player and 5e of the 6 players in these qualifications.
And to get a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics, Milena accumulates round trips to play in a club in Rennes against para-badminton players, and participate in many tournaments.
Soon in Canada
Back from Brazil and Bahrain where she faced the world number 1 without “bringing back a lot of points”, she will fly to Canada in a few days, “with confidence and a good level of play”, then it will be time to join England and the European Championships in the Netherlands.
All these trips are expensive and can be made possible thanks to partnerships such as that of Batz (the badminton federation finances half of the costs, the other partners are among others the Department of Loire-Atlantiquel’Regional Sports Agencythe Le Guérandais cooperative…).
This sum allows her to be accompanied by her mother in Canada and “thus to think only of the field, to be concentrated on her matches”.
Replaced on its saltworks
As for its saltworks, an employee comes to replace it in June, and another will be there in August.
It’s a big challenge to find someone to take care of my 24 carnations in the middle of the season… Fortunately, social networks and media coverage help.
And the road is still long to reach the end of the qualifications: it is only in May 2024. By then, we will have heard a lot about Batz!
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