Laurence Haxaire, 38 , president
« I started out playing basketball and handball but also run, box and sail (Student World Cup 1998), I know the developmental benefits of sport and I want to share them with generations to come ». Committed, activist, entrepreneur (www.lh-echo.com) and sustainability expert, Laurence is based in Bordeaux where rugby is king. She is also co-founder and treasurer of the charity Rugby Pour Tous Bénin.
Romain Da Costa, 59, treasurer
« Man was made for action. In rugby all forces converge and that’s what motivates me ». Born in Cotonou, Romain has worked for over 30 years in the Town Hall of Rosny-Sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis, where he is Director of Communication. He is vice president of the Benin Rugby Federation and is a driving force in Franco-Benin co-operation.
Nicky Boxall, 37, secretary
« Ask me my mood and I’ll show you my Haka ». Enabling disadvantaged children to play, learn and grow through rugby is a philosophy I really believe in. Committing to help Rugby Pour Tous Benin was the obvious way to contribute. Runner and mum of two young rugby players, entrepreneur, and language coach, Nicky was born in England and has lived in Dordogne, where rugby is a big part of the culture, for 10 years.
Patricia Guerbé, 43, administrator
« I find the values that guide every one of my commitments in Rugby Pour Tous: human richness, determination that enables players to go all the way, never giving up, respect and deserved confidence is given and must never be betrayed ». Manager of the A2P Agency, Patricia is an active member of numerous networks such as: Rugby Club Aquitaine Entreprises, Medef, BNI group and Stade bordelais.
Evrard Gbozinkpa Edoh, 37, adminsitrator
« I didn’t choose rugby; rugby chose me! » A passionate bodybuilder, international competitor, player and captain of the Dauphins de l’Atlantique Cotonou,
« coach » Evrard has been training around one hundred young people who enjoy the activities offered by Rugby Pour Tous Bénin since March 2014. Based in Benin Evrard is also a physical trainer, rugby referee and was trained in childhood pedagogy by the Get Into Rugby program from the International Rugby Board.