We are back for our "volunteer of the month" interview. Who knows, maybe the "club of the month" will be honoured in the next edition? For the time being, it is Malou Brun, a young professional sports photographer, that we have chosen to present to you. Involved with Solibad for 5 years now, Malou regularly works during tournaments. Perhaps you have already met her near the courts?
Q: Hello Malou, thank you for accepting the invitation. You have been chosen by Solibad as volunteer of the month, for your numerous actions to support us. Could you introduce yourself in a few sentences for those who don't know you yet?
M : Thank you for choosing me! It really means a lot to me 😊I am Malou, I am 29 years old and I live in Nantes. In life, I am a sports photographer and a BAFA trainer. I've been playing badminton for about ten years, adapting it a bit to my disability, but I play with able-bodied people.
Q : How did you hear about Solibad?
M : I dreamed of working as a photographer for the FFBaD, so I was redirected to BadmintonPhoto. I met its President, Raphaël Sachetat, and one thing led to another and he told me about his association, Solibad. The first booths in my region soon followed, and a real meeting with Raphaël during the European Championships in Vendée in 2016, in the company of Hongyan Pi, whom I already knew.
Q: Can you tell us a little more about your experience as a volunteer (at Solibad and elsewhere) ?
M : I run booths at a few tournaments each year, often the same ones, because it lets players know that each year I will be present at specific tournaments. Before, I used to do a lot more tournaments ( more than ten a year) because nobody knew about Solibad in Loire-Atlantique. I also like to give my opinion on some products and I sometimes advise other ones . I like the atmosphere that reigns during tournaments, meeting players etc...
Q: Among the projects you developed and worked on with Solibad, which one is closest to your heart and why?
M : I really enjoyed going to the first French Badminton Championships in adapted sports in 2016, for Solibad. A very nice discovery. I think it's a pity that these championships were notarially advertised in the following years.
Q: How can we help you relay information, give you visibility ...?
M : That's a good question. Maybe allow Solibad volunteers to meet once or twice a year, on the IFB for example. Do some visual communication on these events, take advantage of them to show the goodies, communicate more with the clubs and create a more privileged link between clubs, Solibad volunteers and Solibad. These are just suggestions of course.
Q: What is your biggest dream / your ambitions for the years to come?
M : To improve my photography skills. To work more on French Championships as a photographer and also work for other sports federations. And with Solibad? I would like to keep working with them,we’ll see what life has in store for me on that front, who knows! 😉
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is hesitating about joining Solibad ?
M : Don't hesitate anymore! It's a great experience, a great family.
- What are you most proud of?
To have reach my goal of working for BadmintonPhoto and I hope to continue 😊
- Your best memory?
I don't have one. I have several. Meeting up with my Solibad friends every year at the IFBs and being at the first French adapted sports championships for Solibad.
- When did you show the most courage?
Very good question. I honestly don't know. I take all things as they come because if they happen, it's because they have to, so let's go for it! Whether it's illness, or photographic experiences, or the rest of life.
- The moment that moved you the most with Solibad? / that impacted you the most?
My first real meeting with the Solibad family, I didn't know them, but I was already 1000% integrated! I can't wait to live other moments with my friends 😊
- The best advice you've been given ?
I've never been given too much I think... I get a lot of admiration from people around me from far and near, but advice never really. Maybe because I don't really need it, because my illness has taught me to fight first by myself according to my needs, my desires and to give myself priorities that are obvious to me. But I would like to thank my teachers in photography school who followed me during these 4 years and who knew how to give me the right basis to reach my dream of being a sports photographer. Afterwards, I think that it is the talent (without bragging and according to the feedback) and the desire that allowed me to live it today.