Lisa Barberin (Archery)
Lisa Barbelin never ceases to amaze. The European outdoor champion in Antalya (Turkey), who made her Tokyo Olympics for the first time and is ranked ninth in the world rankings in 2021, Mosellane from Solnova Lei is still doing the same this year. The former STS Dieuze graduate first improved the French indoor record (593 points) before winning the archery of Sud-François, one of the most important competitions on the Old Continent. The 21-year-old archer is now a key member of the French team, getting his license in Puy-de-Dôme and going on to the European Indoor Championships in Lascaux (Slovenia) this month in February: Tricolor International has mastered her subject perfectly to claim the title. So here she is, two European titles in eight months.
Sarah Booktitt (handball)
High hopes are high at the Mays Handball Training Center, where Sarah Buktitt is going through her first season as a professional. What a terrific season…the young central is growing at full speed after Olga Perederiy’s surprise departure last summer. Without a doubt, she was the best player in the Metz collective in February, especially in the Champions League with her impressive composure and efficiency (4/4 for Kristiansand, 4/5 for Moscow). The 19-year-old Mont-Saint-Martin has been first-choice Les Bleues in recent days following Pauletta Foppa’s package. She’s still a part of France’s youth team, and she’s going to the world championships this summer, and she scoffs at the Olympic champion. This is well deserved. Sarah Buktitt aims to play her first major international match with France A at Euro 2022 at the end of the year.
Raul Ustaritz (Athletics)
The years have passed and nothing, or almost nothing, has changed for Raul Ustaritz. On the track, Sarrebourgeoise maintained the same pace, which she proved again at the French Parasports Championships near Nantes at the end of February. She won the French championship in the 400 meters, she completed the distance in 72”72. Pretty much the same goes for her 200m: thanks to a time of 31”55, the 25-year-old Mosellane has given herself a new medal, this time silver, to close out the most important national conference of winter.
With the 2024 Paralympic Games approaching, Raul Ustaritz will confidently prepare for the long-awaited Summer Games. Especially these few months, she knows she has added another big event to her already packed schedule: France and Paris have indeed won the Paralympic World Games from July 8-17, 2023.