Biography

 

Willy

Willy started boxing when he was just 14 years old. He has won Paris, Ile-de-France and Caribbean championships, competing in the middleweight division. Convinced that sport can be used to break down social barriers, Willy founded a boxing school in his old neighbourhood in 2009 for the young disadvantaged people living there.

In addition to his sporting achievements, Willy has mobilized a number of prestigious partners around this cause, including Française des Jeux, Décathlon, Aéroports de Paris and Laureus.

A recognized social activist, in 2011 Willy was awarded the honourable Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet prize, presented by French writer, philosopher, feminist and businesswoman Elisabeth Badinter and French businesswoman and L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

In order to develop his ideas surrounding this cause, Willy has participated in top-level, prestigious conferences which have enabled him to explore and share recommendations on effective tools to be put in place with a view to bringing about positive change through sport.

 
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