Make this human journey together with us

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

  • Honorary Presidents – Pierre Bergé, President of the Fondation Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé and Isabelle LAMOUR, President of the French Fencing Federation, who between them bring together sport and culture.
  • Likewise for our four Ambassadors: Laura FLESSEL, Jean- Paul Cluzel, Mr John Paul Gaultier and Mr. Riyadh SALLEM. Their commitment to equality is exemplary.
  • Eight other ambassadors and a handball team are accompanying the Paris 2018 project and participating in making the general public aware of the event. They will also participate in the Gay Games.


Co-présidents d'honneur

  • Isabelle LAMOUR Isabelle LAMOUR Presidente d'honneur
    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.

  • Pierre BERGÉ Pierre BERGÉ Président d'honneur
    Pierre BERGÉ Pierre BERGÉ

    Pierre Bergé is President of the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, recognized as a public utility since 2002, whose missions are the conservation of Yves Saint Laurent’s work, the organization of exhibitions and the support of Cultural and educational activities. In 1994, Pierre Bergé created, with Line Renaud, Ensemble contre le SIDA (Together Against AIDS), which later became known as Sidaction and was its Chairman. The Pierre Bergé Endowment Fund, which was founded in 2009, has made long-term efforts to combat AIDS by paying two million euros a year for five years. Pierre Bergé also actively supports associations such as Act’up Paris and SOS Racisme. Activist since he was a young man, Pierre Bergé participates in Garry Davis’s “Citizens of the World” movement. He met François Mitterrand in 1984 with whom he became friend, and created the magazine Globe in 1988, which supports his candidacy for the presidential election. With Jacques Rosselin he founded in 1990 Courrier International and then the gay magazine Têtu in 1995. In 2010, in partnership with Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse, Pierre Bergé became the majority shareholder of Groupe Le Monde. He is appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Marraines et Parrains

  • Laura FLESSEL Laura FLESSEL Marraine de PARIS 2018

    Laura Flessel-Colovic, nicknamed “the wasp” is one of the greatest French champions. A sword specialist, she is a five-time Olympic medalist (including individual and team titles won in 1996), a six-time world champion and a European champion. At the Olympic Games in London 2012, she is the flag bearer of the French team at the opening and closing ceremonies. Laura Flessel supports several humanitarian and solidarity actions such as the AMREF Flying Doctors France, Handicap International and the NGO Plan France25. She works to popularize and promote fencing, especially in neighborhoods and among young people. After a term at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, Laura Flessel was appointed a member of the National Sports Council. From 2013, she became the ambassador of Paris 2018 and moved to Cleveland for the final selection.

  • Jean-Paul GAULTIER Jean-Paul GAULTIER Parrain de PARIS 2018
    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 Parrain de PARIS 2018
    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 Ambassador
    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.


  • Ophélie DAVID Ophélie DAVID Ambassador
    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.

  • Emmeline NDONGUE Emmeline NDONGUE Ambassador
    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.

  • John MUMBA John MUMBA Ambassador
    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.

  • Gilles RONDY Gilles RONDY Ambassador
    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.

  • Yoann LEMAIRE Yoann LEMAIRE Ambassador
    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.


    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

  • Lilian THURAM Lilian THURAM Ambassador
    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-Marie SIFRE Jean-Marie SIFRE Ambassador
    Jean-Marie SIFRE Jean-Marie SIFRE

    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.

  • Corinne MEADMORE Corinne MEADMORE Ambassador
    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.”

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, we look forward to your support and participation 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.