Alexandre Paviza, the husband of the mayor of Géneston, is one of nine athletes from Loire-Atlantique and Vendée to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games. He will be at the start of the triathlon this Sunday, August 29 with a chance to win the bronze medal.
All this week, France Bleu Loire Océan presents some of the nine athletes from Loire-Atlantique and Vendée who are participating in the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Today, Alexandre Paviza, the husband of the mayor of Géneston, licensed in Nantes, who will start the triathlon this Sunday, August 29 with a small chance of winning a bronze medal.
I went to bed on a Sunday night, I was walking and on Monday morning I was no longer walking
Alexandre Paviza is 38 years old when his life literally changes from one day to the next: “I went to bed on a Sunday evening, I was walking and, on Monday morning, I was no longer walking”. He has a disease called polyradiculoneuropathy, an inflammation of the peripheral nervous system. To put it simply: his antibodies eat away at his nerves, preventing them from functioning. It was at this point that he began to exercise, on the advice of his doctor, whereas, until then, he hadn’t really had time to do it. “I did a bit of jogging, a bit of cycling, but I was what we call a Sunday sportsman. Not at all an assiduous sportsman like I am today”.
It starts with swimming. Then he switched to a handbike, a bike where you pedal with your hands because of an ear problem that prevents him from going in the water. A decisive meeting follows. “The doctor who operated on me is a triathlete. He told me: you swim, you roll, all you have to do is run. Why don’t you do a triathlon?”.
Always look at what we can do with what we have and not what we can’t do
We are in 2013. Alexandre Paviza made his first races in France and then abroad. He quickly became one of the best, until he was selected for the Games at 49, and achieved the unimaginable. “When I was in the hospital, no, I had no idea at all that I would go to the Paralympic Games.” And he wants to take the opportunity to get this message across, full of optimism: “We can always bounce back. As I say all the time, we must always look at what we can do with what we have and not what we have. we cannot do “.
After having focused all his preparation for the last few months on the Games, Alexandre Paviza has a small chance to bring home the bronze medal. But above all, his goal is to have the best possible race. “What I want is to do a full race so as not to have any regrets. After that, if I only finish fourth, it’s not a big deal. What I don’t want is to finish at the foot of the podium, telling me that I could have had third place “.
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