Axel Alletru – Keynote Speaker

First paraplegic pilot to win the Dakar rally against able-bodied participants

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Specialist Subjects

  • Adapt in the face of aversity
  • Resilience. Adapt to change
  • Disability. Source of cohesion and business performance
  • Excellence. Know your limits and surpass them
  • Team cohesion. Individual performance happens through group performance
  • Performance. How to reach and maintain top performance?
  • Transcendance
  • Positivity
  • Going further
  • Mental Strength
  • Resilience
  • Performance and Handicap
  • Overcoming the odds
  • Teamwork


  • English
  • French


Axel Alletru was widely considered to be the next French motocross champion but at the 2010 World Championships, he was involved in a serious crash. The diagnosis was confirmed: Axel, aged 20, was paraplegic. Rather than giving in to anger and giving up, Axel developed resilience, found motivation and acquired perspective. Through sheer hard work, he surpassed all medical predictions about his recovery.

Three years later, he became swimming champion at the European games for para-athletes and French champion 12 times. In 2020 Axel Alletru launched a new challenge, taking part in the most extreme rally in the world, the “Dakar” in a Buggy. On January 17th 2020, he won the SSV T3S category and became the first disabled person in the world to win a category on the Dakar.

Axel Alletru believes that the impossible creates possibilities and he has set himself a mission to share that belief.
He speaks to companies about his life experience and his career as an elite athlete to help employees find perspective, to inspire self-motivation, and to develop team spirit for facing new challenges with the right mindset.

Axel chose to turn his accident into a lesson for life: accept certain situations, overcome challenges with resilience, and move forward to a better future.

With his presentations, Axel shows business teams in all sectors how to find the motivation and confi- dence to bounce back and keep moving forward.

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