Georges Julien Paul is a Badminton player aged 26 years. He was a former student of Saint Esprit College and completed his Higher School Certificate in 2014. He graduated from the Curtin University Mauritius in June 2021.
He started playing badminton at the age of 11 and right at start it was only a way to spend time with his elder brother. His brother started national training with the junior squad and it was easier for their parents to pick them up from the National Training Centre in Rose-Hill. Through the years, he became interested in pursuing a badminton career and trained to win. Julien has specialised in Singles play.
Julien’s Best Achievements, so far, are as follows:
2014: African Badminton under 18 Championships – Gold medals in Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles (Botswana 2014)
2015 and 2019: Indian Ocean Islands Games - Reunion 2015 and Mauritius 2019 (6 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze)
2018 and 2020: African Badminton Gold medals in Men’s singles (Algeria 2018 & Egypt 2020)
2018: African Games 2018 (Men singles - Silver, Men Doubles - Gold, and Mixed Doubles - Bronze)
2020: Qualified as Africa number 1 Badminton player for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games held in Japan
He also won the MSC Sportsman of Year Award in 2018.
With the support of the TFES, Julien was able to train twice daily as transport was provided to enable him to attend morning and evening sessions. His school timetable was accommodated in order to reduce the work load, thus, giving him more time for training. The TFES has also supported him to cover the financial costs of his tertiary studies at the Curtin University to earn a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management in 2021.