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Pauline Déroulède

French wheelchair tennis champion

National champion in 2021 and 2022, Pauline is a spirited athlete.

“I’m very determined. I like fighting, and when I decide to go for it, I give it my all.”

Following an accident in 2018 when she lost her left leg, Pauline, who had been playing tennis since childhood, was driven to become a professional wheelchair tennis player with one goal in mind: to take part in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

I set myself the challenge of an individual sport. But without a team around you, you can't do it. And for me, to have the kind of support provided by Arkema around me is invaluable.”

In the shoes of Pauline Déroulède

2022

  • French Champion Wheelchair Tennis

2021

  • French Champion Wheelchair Tennis

Alexis Hanquinquant

Triathlon Gold medalist at the Tokyo Paralympic Games

The victim of a serious accident on a construction site in 2010 where he worked as a bricklayer and tile-layer, Alexis had his leg saved following some thirty operations over 3 years. Continuing to suffer from pain, he then requested to have his leg amputated in 2013, the starting point of a new life for him.

“For me, there’s no boundary between triathlon and paratriathlon. I feel I’m a fully-fledged triathlete. I don't really have a disability, I have a difference.”

Already well into sport before his accident, Alexis embarked on the triathlon discipline. One way for him to set himself an ambitious goal. With no coach, in 2016 he became French runner-up in this sport. From then on, he turned to the French team, and victory after victory followed.

And just like Pauline Déroulède, Alexis has his mind set on gold at the Paris 2024 Games!

In the shoes of Alexis Hanquinquant

Arkema today is a major player in French sport and can help make sport accessible to everybody, disabled or not.”

2022

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon European Champion PTS4

2021

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon European Champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon World Champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon Paralympic Champion PTS4

2020

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4

2019

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon European Champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon World Champion PT4

2018

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon European Champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon World Champion PT4

2017

  • Paratriathlon French champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon European Champion PTS4
  • Paratriathlon World Champion PT4

2016

  • Paratriathlon French Runner-up PT4

Clara Mateo

Football player and engineer

A young player with the Paris FC in D1 Arkema and in the French national women’s football team, Clara is also an Arkema employee!

Following an internship in the Group in 2019 as she was studying materials engineering at the Ecole Polytech Paris-Saclay, she joined Arkema on graduation as a Business Development Engineer.
 

“The competition I would love to win? The Olympic Games!”

There’s plenty in common between my sporting activity and what I do in the corporate world. The idea is to improve the performance of athletes.”

2022

  • Semi-finalist national French team at Euro 2022
  • Member of the team for the 2021/2022 season at the UNFP French Football Trophies
  • Player of the month February 2022 in D1 Arkema

2020

  • First appearance with French national team

2016

  • U-19 European Champion (French national team)
  • U-20 Women's World Cup Runner-up (French national team)

Quentin Vlamynck

The youngest skipper in the Ocean Fifty class

Quentin has been part of the Arkema sailing adventure since the start of the partnership between Arkema and Lalou Multi, in 2013.

After gradually working his way through the ranks, as skipper of the ex Mini 6.50 Arkema 3, then boat captain of the ex Ocean Fifty Arkema 1, Quentin was chosen as skipper of the new Arkema trimaran in 2019. He followed every step of the boat’s construction until it was launched in the water at the end of 2020. Aged 27, he became the youngest skipper of the Ocean Fifty trimaran class.

Transmission at the heart of his journey

Quentin’s journey within the Lalou Multi team on Arkema boats would not have been possible without the transmission of skills and know-how provided by Lalou Roucayrol. A deserving journey:

“I’ve been patient. I’ve always played my part in the team, and I made the necessary choices and sacrifices when it mattered. Ocean racing never works out as planned, and your working week doesn’t end on a Friday evening!”

This patience and this commitment have paid off. In second place in the Pro Sailing Tour 2021, Quentin finished on the top of the podium for the 2022 edition. And now, the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe race, at the end of 2022, beckons!

MORE ON OUR SAILING SPONSORSHIP

Arkema’s innovative materials, commonly used on the boat, help us raise our performance and keep us one step ahead of the competition.”

2022

  • 1st place of Pro Sailing Tour
  • 4th place of Drheam Cup

2021

  • 2nd place of Pro Sailing Tour
  • 7th place of Transat Jacques Vabre (with Lalou Roucayrol)

2019

  • Record in Gran Canaria race (with Lalou Roucayrol)

2017

  • Secured 6th place in the overall ranking of his second solo transatlantic race, the Mini Transat, on board of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3.

Gaëtane Thiney

An accomplished football player

An experienced professional player, Gaëtane started in the women’s D1 in 2000, aged 14 years old. Since then, she has had no break in her professional career, in particular with many international appearances in the French team between 2007 and 2019.
 

“Sport gives me discipline, the ability to push my limits, rigor, and pleasure in enjoying the here and now.”

Between the corporate world and the world of sport, there’s a real cross-over in terms of skills. Every day you have this pursuit of performance.”

Alongside her sporting career, Gaëtane is national technical adviser at the Fédération française de football, in charge of the development of football in young people.

Arkema has sponsored Gaëtane since 2019 as part of a long-term partnership.

2014

  • Best female player in Women’s D1

2012

  • Best female player in Women’s D1

2007

  • First appearance in French national colors

2003

  • U-19 European Champion (French national team)

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