Rueil-Malmaison (France), November 9, 2010 – Alim Latrèche, an employee of Schneider Electric and member of the French wheelchair fencing team, won the bronze medal in men’s foil and silver medal in men’s épée at the 2010 World Fencing Championships, held at the Grand Palais in Paris from November 4 to 13. The Grand Palais, which generally houses art exhibits, was transformed into a giant fencing hall for the occasion.
A strategic intelligence specialist at Schneider Electric’s Strategy & Innovation Department, Alim masterfully demonstrated his fencing talent in the handisport competition, winning the foil bronze medal on Sunday, November 7 and the épée silver medal on Monday, November 8.
Colleagues from Schneider Electric were on hand at the Grand Palais to cheer him on, while team members worldwide sent their encouragement via Facebook.
Alim went into the competition with an impressive record of medal wins in individual and team fencing at the French, European and World Championships, as well as at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
To successfully pursue his professional and sports careers at the same time, Alim has signed a national convention for high-level athletes¹ that allows him to adapt his work schedule around training and competitions. The Schneider Electric Foundation also provides support. Alim’s stellar performance illustrates a central tenant of Schneider Electric’s Diversity policy: “There are no disabilities, just disabling situations.”
Disabled employees account for 5.55% of Schneider Electric’s workforce in France. The Group is working to raise this percentage to 6% through awareness campaigns, subcontracting², hiring, training and retention programs. The goal is to durably change mindsets and give disabled employees a permanent place in the corporate community.
¹ Convention between the French Government, the French Fencing Federation and Schneider Electric.
² In cooperation with Association des Paralysés de France.
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