Solibad was created on December 10th 2009 by a small group of badminton lovers and people who care about others. More and more people are joining the staff, both in France and internationally. Here are a few words about the original staff. Everyone in the team is helping Solibad on their free time, as volunteers – there is no paid staff for now. The staff consists of Raphael Sachetat, Colette Bacherius, Fabrice Vallet, Loic Meuriot, Olivier Duband and Leslie Doumerc
Founder – President : Raphaël Sachetat
Raphaël Sachetat, 41, is a journalist and an independent photographer. He became involved early in his career in humanitarian organizations (Amnesty International). He has been a journalist for 10 years at Les Echos (most famous French economical magazine) where he contributes a monthly column on new technologies as part the art of living supplement « Série Limitée and Les Echos Week-end».
For 10 years he’s also covered the badminton professional circuit (head of the official photo agency of the Badminton World Federation) and has started many projects among the badminton community (creation of Badzine, network of multilingual information sites, original travels around the sport theme…). Solibad is his way of binding together both his passions.
Secretary : Colette Bacherius
Colette has been involved with Badminton in Belgium for a long time. As a physiotherapist, but also in her home club of Mont sur Marchienne. Ever since she became involved in Solibad in 2011, she became more and more active and quickly became the Association’s most reliable member, on all fronts. She was behind the success of the 2012 Solibad day with over 100 cities celebrating all over the world, before accepting the tough challenge to become Solibad’s Secretary, where her hardest work was to draft the dossier which allowed us to obtain the status of Officially Registered Charity (Organisme d’Intérêt Général on France). Also, she is coordinator of the projects. She speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and can be asked anything about Solibad – she knows it all. A key to the foundation.
Treasurer : Fabrice Vallet
Fabrice Vallet is a well known figure in the badminton world – as former top player for France, he became a National coach and is behind Pi Hongyan’s success during her career under the French colours. Director of the French squad, he then moved on to administrative responsibilities as the assistant technical director of the french Federation in early 2013. He joined Solibad at the very early stage as a coach Ambassador, before accepting to take over the Treasurer’s position.
Vice President : Leslie Doumerc
Leslie Doumerc, 29, has been an independent journalist for 5 years. Located in Brussels after 3 years in Montreal, Canada, she mainly treats social matters for medias in Québéc (video, radio, printed media), Swizerland and Belgium. Avid badminton enthusiast since nearly 15 years, she joined the Badzine team in 2005 and regularly covers international events. More than anything, she loves good ideas. That’s why she loved the Solibad concept, and didn’t hesitate for a second before joining this beautiful project.
Vice-president : Olivier Duband
Olivier Duband, 24, is in his 4 years Masters degree in Dijon, France. Caught up into Raphael’s projects and good spirits, he joined the Badzine troops in 2006. Specialized in video editing, self-educated and passionate, he spends countless hours behind a lens or a computer. This is how, at the cost of a serious dose of motivation, Badzine Tv was born. His most treasured memory? The Badzine trip to Malaysia. Such a fascinating and overwhelming culture. And is there a better way than SOLIBAD to combine both his passions ?
Vice-President : Loic Meuriot
As a professional video reporter, Loic, 39, has joined the Solibad team very early on, bringing a clear professional knowledge in the world of editing and filming our events. As a badminton coach himself during his leisure time, he is behind most of Solibad’s work in terms of video programming and editing and has become a key person in the foundation through his investment and talent.
Webmaster : Jean-François Chauveau
Jean-François, 42, works as a computer specialist and head of the technical department for the Caisse d’Epargne. Initiator of every project of the team, big chief and brains of Badzine, he’s likely the one who spent the most hours on the site, coding, debugging and enjoying other computer related delights.
Creator of the Badmintonphoto sites, Jeff provides his skills to serve the badminton community with ever new functionalities and more conviviality – the site is now in its 3rd version. As a sports fanatic, he never goes without his motorcycle, dividing most his free time between the badminton and squash courts, in his lovely Languedoc-Roussillon province – he lives near Montpelier.
As soon as he heard about the Solibad project, he immediately volunteered to put together its website.
Consultant : Yves Lacroix
Yves Lacroix, late forties is an archivist in Québec for the CSN (Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux). He combines his professional efficiency with his passion for badminton in general and for the chances this sport gives to travel, meet people and share. A video enthusiast – his Montreal home is like a small museum, he’s also vice president of Badmintonphoto, the official agency of the BWF, and has covered some 50 international tournaments, becoming a familiar face on the circuit, as a photograph, journalist, and in his first role as Solibad’s secretary. He handed over the post to Colette but vowed to remain on the team to help with our international work and as a consultant. His vision is always of value for the Solibad board.
UK Coordinator: Conor Flatley
Conor Flatley has joined the Solibad team as the coordinator for the UK. He has been at the origin of Solibad’s first ISBT Tournament for the 2013 Solibad Day and represents officially Solibad in the UK.
Paraplume Coordinator – Colette Bacherius
She is the secretary of the foundation. She suggested taking charge of the « Paraplume » project in France, where Solibad tries to gather disabled and able bodied players on the same court, to change the vision of disability in the general mindset, especially for children. Thus, she became the Solibad coordinator for this project in France
Solibad’s Global Ambassador : Pi Hongyan (n°1 French, World #4)
One of the world’s top players for the last 10 years, Pi Hongyan was born in China and was naturalized French in 2004. She’s the ideal patron for such a project! Because of her education, her travels, her open-mindedness, her ability to speak various languages (English, Chinese, French), she will be specially involved and Solibad will benefit from her experience of high level, her numerous contacts within the badminton community and her overflowing energy.
Ranked world n°4 in 2010, she won the silver medal in the European Championship in 2004, the bronze medal in the World Championship in 2009, 6 French national titles and many international open tournaments. She retired after the 2012 London Olympics and now lives in Marseilles, France.
Special thanks to Arnaud Enguilabert, who created our beautiful logo and the flash intro for our site (www.aquareel.com) and to all the contributors who help on their free time to translate this website: Véronique, Deborah, Sophie, Anthony and many others who are currently translating our projects and website in different languages.