Q&A with France wheelchair basketball athlete Cecile Trompette

13th September 2014


13 September 2014

After an incredible Invictus Games wheelchair basketball competition at the Copper Box we caught up with France's Cecile Trompette who narrowly missed out on the bronze medal after a tough match with Denmark.

Trompette, a Corporal in the 7th Mountain Troops, suffered brain trauma and a number of injuries after her armoured vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2011.

She is 29-years-old and from Avignon.

What is the best thing about the Invictus Games?

It is great to meet other people like me and to know you are not alone. I have now got a new challenge and new friends.

I have enjoyed this week, experiencing different cultures and meeting people I have seen before at the trials or on operations.

How did you sustain your injuries?

I was on tour in Afghanistan between 2008 and 2011 with the 7th Mountain Troop and I was wounded on 2 February 2011 when my armoured vehicle drove over an IED. I suffered brain trauma, a broken arm and multiple trauma of the legs.

How did you start playing wheelchair basketball?

After my injury I couldn’t work for two years and went to the CABAT Institution for injured servicemen and women for rehabilitation.

I went to the National Centre for Defence Sports which gave me the opportunity to play sport again and specifically wheelchair basketball. We have only trained for two weeks before these games!

And how did you end up at the Invictus Games?

At the beginning of the year I went to the USA for wheelchair basketball trials, it was a mixture of teams which were created for the event. I enjoyed that and luckily I made the French wheelchair basketball team.

What's next for you?

I would love to be part of the Paralympics and play other sports, not just basketball. If there is the opportunity to play basketball that would be brilliant. I would love to play as much as possible, maybe athletics or swimming.

Would you like the Invictus games to become a regular thing?

I would be the first one to come back. I have loved these Games.