Make this human journey together with us

Paris 2018 has been lucky to have quality support without which the Paris 2018 adventure would be impossible.

  • Honorary President : Isabelle Lamour, President of the French Fencing Federation.
  • Likewise for our four Ambassadors: Jean- Paul Cluzel, Mr John Paul Gaultier, Lilian Thuram and Mr. Riyadh Sallem. Their commitment to equality is exemplary.
  • Ten other ambassadors have accompanyed the Paris 2018 project and participating in making the general public aware of the event. They will also participate in the Gay Games.

During the bid for Gay Games 10, Paris 2018 was honored to have Pierre Bergé, President of the Fondation Yves Saint-Laurent as honorary president and to have Laura Flessel, current Minister of Sports, as patron.


Honorary President

  • Isabelle LAMOUR Isabelle LAMOUR
    Isabelle LAMOUR Isabelle LAMOUR

    ISABELLE LAMOUR is a fencing champion (Individual French Senior Champion in 1990, Individual French Junior Champion in 1985) who competed in the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games (5th in a team). Since 2013, she has been President of the French Fencing Federation and a member of the administrative committees of INSEP (French National Sport Institute) and the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF). Isabelle Lamour is a dentist. She is awarded Knight of the Legion of Honor.


  • Lilian THURAM Lilian THURAM
    Lilian THURAM Lilian THURAM

    An international Champion proud of the Gay Games colors Former international footballer (soccer) player, winner of multiple titles, and sports awards, Lilian Thuram becomes ambassador of Paris 2018 for the tenth edition of the Gay Games. In this role, he will be charged for promoting the event and defending its principles – Participation, Inclusion, and Personal Best – to the general public. Particularly sensitive to the inclusive aspect of the event, Mr. Thuram is ready to form a football team or participate in another sport in order to participate in and help us reach our goal of 15 000 participants. Discover a video clip of showing his support here. A long-standing commitment against the discrimination Lilian Thuram continues its fight against all forms of discrimination, including in his eponymous Foundation, whose mission is to “eradicate racism through the education”. By becoming a major spokesperson of Paris 2018, Lilian Thuram has shown his commitment to diversity, respect, equality, sharing, and solidarity.

  • Jean-Paul GAULTIER Jean-Paul GAULTIER
    Jean-Paul GAULTIER Jean-Paul GAULTIER

    Jean-Paul Gaultier is the French fashion designer known throughout the world. He was master of ceremonies at the opening of the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998.

  • Ryadh SALLEM Ryadh SALLEM
    Ryadh SALLEM Ryadh SALLEM

    Ryadh Sallem, aged 45, has participated in four editions of the Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012) within the team of France’s basketball chair and rugby chair. He has won three European Basketball Championship titles and a world record in medley relays swimming. He is one of the most versatile disabled athletes of his generation. Committed, he founded in 1995 CAPSAAA, (Cap sport Art Adventure Friendship), association to raise awareness among able-bodied people and promote a positive vision of disability.

  • Jean-Paul CLUZEL Jean-Paul CLUZEL
    Jean-Paul CLUZEL Jean-Paul CLUZEL

    Jean-Paul Cluzel presided over the Reunion des Musées Nationaux and the Grand Palais. Former Financial General Inspector, he was director of the Opéra de Paris and president of Radio France International and Radio France.


  • Ryan ATKIN Ryan ATKIN
    Ryan ATKIN Ryan ATKIN

    Ryan Atkin in August 2017 publicly came out as the first openly gay professional referee operating.
    He operates within National League and EFL with his sights set on refereeing in the Premier League in the near future.
    Since his announcement other officials have followed
    in his footsteps around the world.
    More information here.

  • Roselyne BACHELOT Roselyne BACHELOT
  • Ophélie DAVID Ophélie DAVID
    Ophélie DAVID Ophélie DAVID

    Ophélie David is an accomplished skier with an impressive track record. After her debut at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994, she joined the French team in 2002 in ski cross and surpassed the world competition with many victories in the world championship in 2007, in the world cups (3 large crystal globes in 2006, 2008 and 2009 plus 7 small crystal globes) and the X Games (4 gold medals). She is the winner of the ski cross season in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She also participates in the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

  • Sandra FORGUES Sandra FORGUES
    Sandra FORGUES Sandra FORGUES

    “Sport makes us to progress and to know better ourselves. It makes possible for a team to share, for a country to unify, for a planet to have peace. Victory shall be hold by those differences.”

    Yoann LEMAIRE


    I support the organization for Paris 2018-Gay Games 10 with great pleasure and am honored to become an ambassador. Sport is sometimes a factor of social exclusion. Since sport is at the image of human beings, capable of the best like the worst. Unfortunately, it is capable of generating violence, aggression and injustice that we don’t see, but many players are put aside of the game every weekend. I personally advocate for, that sport is a vector for social inclusion. Sport aims to arouse emotions. It helps to know ourselves better, to know the others and to accept their differences and also to build a social life. I think the organization and the mobilization of an event like the Gay Games, brings in a real intellectual journey on the acceptance of differences and openness to both, athletes and spectators. And like any other human activity, sport must refer to a number of common values. We must bear a reflection on the eye: favor the benevolent gaze, without judgment, without fear and look at people with respect and affection. Yoann1 The eyes of the others influence our perception that we have of ourselves, and it is difficult sometimes to be the center of the attention. Like the fact of being watched is intimidating, many people, rightly fear of the eyes of the others, fear of disappointing, fear of ridicule or shame. Let us challenge ourselves to move forward and to improve. A little more simplicity, kindness, humility, discernment and wisdom would do us the most good. In 2010, I participated in the Gay Games in Cologne. I discovered a festive atmosphere, brotherhood and solidarity. It was a pleasantly surprise to see the good level of the competition. And for proof! We made the trip to Germany with good intentions of winning. We had created a great football team, but eventually we lost all our games. The level was very good, athletic and strong. I am convinced that homosexuals can love and play football! This is obviously the case for other sports. Gay and straight people can play and win. together!   Yoann 2

  • Corinne MEADMORE Corinne MEADMORE
    Corinne MEADMORE Corinne MEADMORE

    Corinne Meadmore (former name: LE MOAL), is a French Champion  of rowing. Here are her titles:

    • participation at two Olympic Games, 1976 Montreal and 1992 Barcelona
    • 3 participations at World Championships
    • finalist in skiff in Amsterdam in 1977
    • 19 times French champion in skiff and 4 couple

    “As an Olympic rower, I have always loved the fraternity of the countries expressed by the athletes who find themselves around a passion or a sport in a spirit of peaceful fellowship. The difference is judged … on the finish line, without discrimination of age, physics, race, religion, education. At a time when the difference can turn to ostracism, harassment, and exclusion, I greet the GAY GAMES for their work. I encourage and support this event open to all in order to share and get to know each other better. And for that nothing is better than the sport! Good luck to all and lots of fun in the effort.”

  • John MUMBA John MUMBA
    John MUMBA John MUMBA

    With a record of over fifty championship victories, John Mickael M’Bumba, 33, 1m85, participated in English boxing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He is multiple French champion from 2007 to 2009, bronze medalist at the 2007 world championships in Chicago and 2009 in Milan and gold medalist at the 2006 European Union Championships in Pécs. He holds a 2nd level state diploma in sports education and is committed to transmitting and working for young people in his club: the Aubervilliers Boxing Beats. Open to others and attentive to the respect of difference, John is particularly attached to Olympic universalism.

  • Emmeline NDONGUE Emmeline NDONGUE
    Emmeline NDONGUE Emmeline NDONGUE

    Emmeline Ndongue-Jouanin is a French basketball player who has retired from basketball since 2014. With the French Team, she was Olympic vice-champion 2012 and European champion 2009.


    Maguy Nestoret-Ontanon is a French athletics champion in 200m in 1993, 17 team selections from France and ex-commissioner on the fight against discrimination in sport at the Ministry of Sports. Thanks to these positions, she sat on the Institutional Monitoring Committee of Paris 2018 for a year.

  • Marinette PICHON Marinette PICHON
    Marinette PICHON Marinette PICHON

    “Sport should be a lever against discrimination, to make evolve the consciousness with cultural and social diversity… I wish to move forward in the right way. This event should reunite us, together, LET’S GO!”

  • Gilles RONDY Gilles RONDY
    Gilles RONDY Gilles RONDY

    Born on September 4, 1981 in Brest, Gilles Rondy is partnered and dad of 2 girls (5 and 8 years old). He did all his scholarship in sports and study section until obtaining his diploma of engineer. He then integrated EDF with a status of high-level sportsman, which allowed him to integrate the world of work while preparing the Olympic Games. Here are his charts: – European Champion on 25 kms in 2006 in Budapest and vice-champion in 2002 in Berlin – 4th of the world championships 2006 on 10 kms – 15th of the Olympic Games of Beijing on 10 kms – French Recordman of the English Channel crossing in 7h54. Nowadays Gilles Rondy still works by EDF in Martinique where he can enjoy swimming in the sea all year long.

  • Jean-Marie SIFRE Jean-Marie SIFRE
    Jean-Marie SIFRE Jean-Marie SIFRE

    Logo - Issy Paris Hand Jean-Marie Siffre is a former computer and communication manager of a large construction group. He is passionate about Handball. As a shareholder in Paris Handball, he took contact with Issy-Paris Hand in 2009 before being elected as a non-salaried president. His club won his first title by winning the League Cup in 2013. He sees other ambitions for the club: being in the last square of the French championship and taking part to the European Cup every year.

Become one of our ambassadors

Because you share our values, because you want a better society with culture and sport, because you support our humanist and supportive initiatives, because you want a successful major world event in France, you could support and participe in this program.

What is your support used for?

  • Promoting Paris 2018
  • Educating and explaining what the 10th Gay Games are all about
  • Facilitating the search for private funds

What support are we looking for?

  • Sports, art, culture, media and business celebrities
  • Celebrities who reflect differences of gender, sexual orientation, handicap, ethnic origin, age etc.

What are the different levels of support?

We offer progressive and complementary levels of support depending on your availability and your level of commitment.

Support level             Commitment
BLUE Use of your name and image: signing the charter of the universal values ​​of Gay Games 10, photos and other support, etc.
WHITE Help with fundraising : donating an autographed shirt, book, CD etc.
RED Taking part in an event (general public and/or volunteering): sports tournament, cultural event, press conference etc.


Advocate for Paris 2018 in your world. In co-ordination with us, promoting Paris 2018 in the media.


Advocate for Paris 2018 in your world. In co-ordination with us, promoting Paris2018 in the media.

Taking part in the Paris 2018 Steering Committee.

What do we expect?

  1. Sign the 5-value Paris 2018 Charter
    1. Engage with positive and global values that are ultra-rewarding for the event by signing a manifesto or a forum.
    2. Agree to publish this charter on the Paris 2018 website with additional content (photo, testimony “why I am committed” …) and to diffuse it in the media
  1. Show your Commitment
    1. Wear a Paris 2018-identifying sign (bracelet, logo, badge…)
    2. Diffuse Paris 2018 news via your social media network
  1. Speak up as an Ambassador
    1. Use media opportunities to promote Paris 2018.
    2. Participate in a conference, a meeting, an event before or during Paris in 2018.
    3. Advice or coach the volunteer organizing committee.
    4. Vous donnez du matériel dans le cadre de ventes aux enchères ou vous promouvez des opérations de collecte de dons, en particulier pour les bourses aux participants.
    5. Put equipment up for auction or promote fund-raising events, especially for scholarships for participants.
  1. Participate in the 10th GAY GAMES
    1. Take part in the opening or closing ceremonies, medal ceremonies, sports events or artistic / cultural events
    2. Take part in in the conferences and debates.

Our commitment

  1. Paris 2018 agrees to keep personality details confidential and assign them a volunteer with the duty of discretion and confidentiality.
  2. Paris 2018 undertakes not to use any photos or videos without the consent of the interested party.
  3. Paris 2018 undertakes to provide leaflets, information and documentation on its philosophy, its program and events.
  4. Paris 2018 agrees to treat all participants in the support program as VIPs. Supporters and ambassadors receive honorary invitations and reserved places at public relations events, ceremonies and competitions as well as evening events.
  5. Paris 2018 agrees to promote its supporters and ambassadors, for example, by relaying relevant activities on the blog, social networks, its newsletters, etc.
  6. Paris 2018 offers its ambassadors free registration to sporting and cultural events.