Video length: 6 min.
Former soldier, he flourishes today in synchronized swimming: Jean-Philippe recounts his journey to become himself.
Jean-Philippe was a soldier in the French Navy then in the Army. Today, he does synchronized swimming and has chosen to make this passion a full time activity. “There, now, the synchro, for me, it is… I was going to say it is my life what. This is the first time in my life that I do something that I like“, he says. In 2010, Jean-Philippe left the army.”What really bothered me in the army in a very personal way and therefore that I absolutely do not criticize in the institution itself, was this virilism“, he confides.
Then, he becomes a school teacher. But after eight years of teaching, he burns out: “I’ve been in a role actually forever, 36 years. I play the role of the father, I play the role of the lover, I play the role of the son, I play the role of the soldier, I play the role of the teacher. “
Finally, the ex-soldier fell in love with synchronized swimming and decided to devote himself to it. Today, Jean-Philippe assumes to say that he is a synchronized swimming “swimmer”. He now aims to participate in the Olympics but for that, synchronized swimming must be officially considered a unisex sport. While some competitions are open to men, the Olympic Games have indeed been inaccessible to them since 1986.