A propitious climate, numerous infrastructures along with a strong athletic culture has helped develop a wide range of activities: from track and field to sailing, from tennis to horse-riding or cycling. Guadeloupe is thereby rightfully known as both a “land of athletics” and a “land of champions”. Indeed, Guadeloupe showcases its athletic excellence in multiple disciplines and countries, thanks to all those athletes proudly representing the archipelago.
A myriad of champions
Our archipelago counts a myriad of athletes that have stood out in their own discipline, on the national and even the international stage.
Edmond Roger Maurice Carlton, born on November 20th, 1913, a 100 metres specialist and a French military and university champion in 1935, was the first Olympian Guadeloupean athlete, as he competed in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936.
Some of the most famous Guadeloupean athletes include:
- track and field athletes : Marlène Canguio (1st Guadeloupean in participating to the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games), Roger Bambuck, Marie-José Pérec, Patricia Girard, Christine Arron, Muriel Hurtis
- judoka Teddy Riner
- fencer Laura Flessel
- soccer players: Marius Trésor, Jocelyn Angloma, Lilian Thuram, Thierry Henry, William Gallas
- tennisman Gaël Monfils
- boxer Jean-Marc Mormeck
- track cyclist Grégory Baugé
- handball player Didier Dinart
- basketball players Mickaël and Florent Piétrus, Mickaël Gélabale, etc.
Numerous athletic events
Thanks to its athletic excellence and numerous infrastructures, Guadeloupe attracts international athletes willing to train or compete.
Major athletic events include:
- The legendary “Route du Rhum” regatta
- The international “Tour de Guadeloupe” cycling competition
- The international track and field meeting of the Greater Caribbean
- Guadeloupe’s Traditional Sailing Race (TGVT)
- International offshore jetski competition “Karujet”
- The Guadeloupe Region international Golf Open, in Saint-François