La reconversion sportsmen from high level is a subject that is increasingly highlighted. However, there is still work to be done on this to prepare athletes for their “second life”.
This is valid in all sports. All top-level athletes must ask themselves this question in order to best prepare for the end of their career.
Handball player Valentin Porte tells us a few words: "My retraining? Why not a golfer or a padel professional? With my new partner Rémi Desbonnet, there may be a new career open to me. And it's not a joke, we are one of the 500 best French players. We set up a pair and things are going quite well. Finally, we will see more clearly when the health restrictions are completely lifted. "
We already know that Valentin Porte is a fan of padel. Interviewed by Robin Haziza during the first confinement, he had declared wanting to progress as much as possible in this sport. If his 500th place in the French ranking is honorable, there is still a long way to go to get closer to the level of professional players. But for an athlete of this level, the stages are obviously easier to overcome than for an amateur. Especially since this left-hander, only 30 years old, has serious arguments to make from the height of his meter 90! We imagine for example that it must not lack power on high balls!
Originality of Valentin: left-handed on the hand, he plays with the right hand on the padel !
Anyway, we are all anxious for the sanitary conditions to be completely lifted so that we can pick up the pace from before and continue to progress. The future will tell if this international handball player can continue to climb the ranks to get closer to the elite of the padel French!
Alexis Dutour is passionate about padel. With his training in communication and marketing, he puts his skills at the service of padel to offer us articles that are always very interesting.