By Antonin Hélie
updated on 6 Mar 23 at 20:34
joy and admiration could be read on the faces, in the evening of this Thursday, March 2, 2023for the inauguration of the reopening of the Butte swimming pool in Octeville (delegated municipality of Cherbourg-en-CotentinSleeve).
Indeed, the triple medalist of bronze with Olympic Games in Athens (Greece) in 2004 and of Beijing (China) in 2008, Hugues Duboscqwas present for the resumption of classes for theAquatic Club Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (ACC) in the city pool.
“I am currently in internship on Cherbourg (Manche)a colleague of mine has his children fired here and offered me to come for the inauguration,” explains the old brewer of The french team.
His presence delighted the whole room. ” It is an honor to receive ityou only have to see the children’s faces to understand that it’s a great joy to have someone of your status, so accessible and friendly here”, marvels Didier RichardPresident of the association.
Autographs and photos
Thus, the former top athlete agreed to sign autographs and take photos with the whole assembly. “It was an opportunity to mark the occasion and to make fun for children “, indicates the Olympic medalist, who welcome the renovation and congratulate the town hall.
” It’s a Very good initiative to renovate these historic pools into “sunflowers”, they are old now, but they allow associations to live and young people to practice swimming, I myself started competing in this kind of pool”, declares the current diver in the marine policewho was joined a little later in the evening by the mayor Benoit Arrivedcame to greet the assembly.
Hugues Duboscq is still swimming
Although he cannot often stop in the Sleevethe native of Saint-Lo remains attached to the department. ” I have good memories here, I still have a little family and a few friends but it’s very rare that I stop there now, I rather go to my in-laws in Brittany “explains the man from 41 years.
Thanks to the work, almost everything has been redone in the Butte swimming pool, especially the coating, with the piping and the lighting.
The former high-level swimmer still participates in two/three competitions during this year. “I swim French military championships and the interclub “, specifies the licensee of the Le Havre Nautical Club (Seine-Maritime).
His next sporting event was also the weekend of March 4 and 5, 2023, with the Normandy Interclub Championships per team to Herouville-Saint-Clair (Calvados). The experienced brewer will take part in 100m breaststroke in the category master (+25 years) for his CNH team.
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