French triathlete Bourseaux wins IPC Athlete of the Month Award for October

Tuesday, 13 November 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Yannick Bourseaux wins in Auckland October 22 2012November 13 - France's Yannick Bourseaux has been voted as the International Paralympic Committee's Athlete of the Month for October after winning his second Paratriathlon world title in Auckland. 

Bourseaux claimed his second career title in the men's TRI-4 at the World Championships on October 22.

"I did the job I had to do by winning the race and I was very happy with first place," Bourseaux said.

The 37-year-old is a hugely talented athlete who is hoping to qualify to compete in nordic skiing   at Sochi 2014 before taking part in the triathlon at Rio 2016 when the sport makes its debut in the Paralympics.  

"It's good to train for triathlon in summer to prepare for the winter season," Bourseaux said.

"When it's summer, I like riding my bike in the mountains.

"In winter, I like cross-country skiing in the mountains, too.

"I think training for triathlon is like a way of life.

"When you love what you do, it's not a problem."

Bourseaux was previously an able-bodied triathlete prior to his accident in 2004, in which he fell off a ledge in the French Alps on his bike, leaving him with a paralysed right arm.

Yannick Bourseaux competing at Vancouver 2010Yannick Bourseaux took part in the biathlon at Vancouver 2010

Bourseaux competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, but he has yet to win a medal.

Bourseaux received 45 per cent of the public's vote to beat fellow Paratriathlete, American Melissa Stockwell, who finished with 39 per cent of the vote.

Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug, South African wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane and Jamaican javelin thrower Alphanso Cunningham were also up for the monthly award.

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