Gilles de la Bourdonnaye
Gilles de la Bourdonnaye (born January 27, 1973) is a French para table tennis player who competes in international level events. He is a triple Paralympic champion, triple World champion and thirteen time European champion. His right arm was amputated when he was three years old after an elevator accident.
|Born||27 January 1973|
|Home town||Nantes, France|
|Spouse(s)||Micha Zakova-de la Bourdonnaye|
|Sport||Para table tennis|
|Disability||Amputation of right arm|
|Coached by||Grégory Rosec|
He started competing internationally at the 1990 World Para Table Tennis Championships and retired in the 2008 Summer Paralympics. de la Bourdonnaye came out of retirement eleven years later, aged 46, when he participated at the 2019 European Championships in Helsingborg where he won his first medal since 2008 when he won a silver medal in the teams events.
Return to sportEdit
- "Gilles de la Bourdonnaye - IPTTF Profile". International Para Table Tennis Federation. 19 March 2020.
- "Avec un seul bras, Gilles de la Bourdonnaye est un des 100 meilleurs pongistes francais (in French)". Le Monde. 27 October 2000.
- "Helsingborg 2019: Gilles de la Bourdonnaye ready for table tennis return". International Paralympic Committee. 16 September 2019.
- "Tennis de table: Gilles de la Bourdonnaye, retour reussi (in French)". le10sport.com. 14 May 2019.
- "Retour dore pour Gilles de la Bourdonnaye (in French)". HandiSport. 16 May 2019.