Sport.  Coulommiers, cradle of great champions

Sport. Coulommiers, cradle of great champions

The city medal and trophy for hope went to Lola Tournier, whose grand finale takes place on October 6. ©Archive/LPB

Gone are the days when a little bundle of joy would roam the Parc des Capucins to follow his parents and brothers onto the squad’s wrestling mats. Lola Tournier was 4 years old at the time and was the youngest to follow in the footsteps of her father, Sébastien, president since 2003, and her mother, Marie, treasurer.

Her brothers Marvin and Dylan witnessed the first steps of the future champion, as Lola is an absolute fan of her sport. “She tried handball, gymnastics and volleyball, but her discipline is wrestling,” notes Sébastien Tournier. At her first national championship, she had to wait for the minimum category, the young lady quickly won her first title at the age of 15 and a half. French champion in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, covid-19 prevents her from confirming. To taste the national games again, she will have to wait for the epic championship of France in Mulhouse, bowing out in the final. A journey that has not gone unnoticed, in this Olympic sport, persistence in training is essential and the champion has earned the recognition of her peers.

Double resolution

The Coulommiers found it difficult to reward all the medalists from last season, winning 17 medals including national titles in judo, athletics and laser running. Lola Tournier was honored twice at the town hall on September 15, explanation. The 17-year-old briard girl, who is now in her final year and intends to become a physical education teacher, received the cup of hope and the city medal. Lola is first in the ranking of her category up to 69 kilos and 4th in the national ranking in all categories. She won 13 matches out of 14. The Hope Trophy was not expected,” continues Sébastien Tournier. In addition, it was rarely received by the athlete from Coulommiers, Paul Vitani, president of the Trophies of Hope Association, who presented it to the young Columéenne. Also present were Francis Huet (77 Departmental Olympic Sports Committee) and Fabrice Boisbrun (Crédit Agricole) and many elected officials.

It is therefore the first to be awarded at the start of the season after the association forum without a medal. Lola is already focused on the October tournament in Dijon and wants to regain the title. At the same time, the city can be proud of two other medals that the club brought, they are national thanks to Yonis Laadili.

And one more title in the bag

She didn’t have a city medal (yet), but her cycling career deserves a tip of the hat. Laura Da Cruz, daughter of former professional Carlos Da Cruz, did not start in Coulommiers. The 22-year-old young woman has always lived in the city, she has her first license in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. Laura, often ahead of the boys in the pecking order, joined the Villeneuve-la-Garenne club before moving to semi-pro and then professional status at Saint-Michel Auber.

Wearing the colors of this formation since 2018, Laura Da Cruz trains on the road as well as on the track. Laurence Picard did not fail to greet the child of the country in March at the departure of the Boucles de Seine-et-Marne in Coulommiers. The champion took home the title of French champion in Brie.

Near Hyères (Var) on August 23, a cyclist with her three teammates from Ile-de-France won the team pursuit. A specialty for her who was third, still in teams, during the World Pursuit Championships in Italy in 2018. 2022 full of good results for these young ladies, for the boys to shine quickly and make people talk about Coulommiers!

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