The SPORTEL Awards Jury is responsible for judging the various programs in competition. It is composed of people from the world of sports and media. Many personalities from the world of sports and the media have served as members of the SPORTEL Awards Jury over the past 30 years.
Georges St-Pierre was born in 1981 in Saint-Isidore, Quebec. Bullied at school daily, he started Kyokushin karate at the age of 9 to defend himself. He then took up boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling and dreamed of becoming an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion.
The man nicknamed "Rush" for his speed began his professional MMA career in 2002. Two-time UFC world champion (26 wins out of 28 fights, including 8 by knockout, 6 by submission, 12 by decision). A multiple "Athlete of the Year" or "Fighter of the Year", Georges St-Pierre is considered the greatest gentleman fighter in the history of ultimate fighting, advocating respect for self and others, the value of discipline, risk, and wisdom.
A committed athlete, he has turned his childhood experience into a strength that led him to create the",GSP Foundation", to combat bullying among youth and encourage the promotion of physical activity in schools. In 2019, after a stellar 17-year career, Georges St-Pierre is officially bowing out at the height of his fame. He is now focusing on important projects and his new career as an actor, after some experiences in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Born in Saint-Tropez, Arthur Bauchet grew up in Grimaud (Var), until the age of 15. Settled since 2016 in Briançon, he is a member of the Briançon Ski Club. He has been skiing since the age of 5, despite his illness, a spastic paraparesis. In January 2017, he participated in his first world championships where he won 3 medals including 2 titles at only 16 years old. In 2018, for his first participation in the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the little blonde head made a big splash. He won four silver medals! In 2022, he came back even stronger at the Beijing Paralympics, winning 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal.
Today Arthur pursues his project with already the objective of the Paralympic Games of Milan-Cortina in 2026, and in the shorter term, the world championships in January 2023.
Representative of the Monegasque Olympic Committee
Member of the Board of Directors of the Monegasque Ski Federation for about thirty years, Mr Robert Colle was President from 1998 to 2005. He was part of the Monegasque Olympic Committee delegation at the Salt Lake City and Turin Olympic Games. Since 2005 he has been Vice-President of the Federation.
Mr Robert Colle was Secretary General of the Ministry of State and then Secretary General of the Government of the Principality of Monaco from 2005 to February 2022.
Stephane Le Goff has a postgraduate degree in political science and is passionate about sport. He was a Grand Reporter for Canal + for over 30 years, from 1989 to 2018. An assiduous sportsman, he has made it his mission to shed light and to challenge preconceived ideas about a multitude of sporting disciplines. He has made around fifty documentaries, some of which have won awards.
Stéphane Le Goff has received two "Micros d'Or" awards for best documentary. His film "Anger within", on the life of Jonah Lomu, the All Blacks iconic player, was used by World Rugby to promote rugby around the world. He also won an award at the Monaco SPORTEL in 2019.
A respected Grand Reporter, he has covered a dozen Olympic Games, but also a dozen World Cups in many sports (rugby, football, skiing...), the Copa America and the US Open. Stephane Le Goff is now a volunteer on the boards of several sports associations.
Eliaquim Mangala is a 31-year-old French international footballer. He is a finalist at the Euro Championship with the French national team, where he plays as a defender.
Born in France, Eliaquim grew up in Belgium where he took his first steps on a football field. Immediately gifted with a football, he headed for the Belgian training centres. At the age of 18, while still a youngster, he will gradually earn his place in the professional team. In 2011, Eliaquim joined FC Porto and became Champion of Portgual. He then moved to the Premiere League and became a key player for Manchester City. In 2018, he won the England league title, and was defeated by Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League. A year later, with strong european experiences, the footballer joined FC Valencia to compete for the Spanish league.
Distinguished by his work with Pep Guardiola, he developed a mindset and vision of the game that did not go unnoticed by the french team. After three years in the French Espoir team, it is in 2013 at only 22 years old, that he is called for the first time by Didier Deschamps. This was followed by a selection for the 2014 World Cup (defeat in the quarter-finals), and the Euro 2016, where the blues shine up to the final, and then defeated by Portugal.
Away from the footballing spotlight, Eliaquim shares other passions. He likes yoga and golf, and enjoys taking advantage of what nature has to offer. He is a passionate fan of the orange ball and a big NBA fan.
Michael Payne has been at the forefront of the sports marketing industry for over forty years – having led the global marketing effort for the Olympic Movement for two decades, from 1983 to 2004 as the IOC’s first ever Marketing and Global Broadcast Rights Director. Nominated as one of the world’s most influential marketers by Advertising Age.
In 2004, Michael founded his own strategic consultancy, Payne Sports Media Strategies, working with many of the world’s leading sports groups and companies. Michael continues to advises on major Olympic sports, F1 and other sports, developing some of the world’s largest broadcast and sponsorship deals.
His business book, Olympic Turnaround details the business story of how the Olympic Games stepped back from the brink of bankruptcy to become the world’s best known brand – and a multi billion dollar global franchise. In 2021 Michael released TOON IN! The book been critically acclaimed around the world and in 2022 won the prestigious Sunday Times Best Sports Book of the Year Award (Illustrated).
Michael is a regular commentator on sports marketing industry affairs for CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times and other media groups around the world.
Representative of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee
Olympic Vice-Champion at the Rio Olympics, she is the most titled French boxer: 10 times French champion and World champion in 2008, she is a multiple European medalist and will remain the first French boxer of all time to have qualified for an Olympiad.
A tireless woman-orchestrator, Sarah is the mother of 3 children, a graduate of Science Po, a company director (Boxer Inside), a speaker and vice-president of the FFB.
She is committed to the subjects of success and leadership for women and more broadly to equal opportunities. As an advisor to the President of the CNOSF (city policy), she actively promotes women's sports. And as an ambassador for Paris 2024, she intends to do her bit to ensure that these Games are truly inclusive and that "sport for all" goes beyond the stage of doctrine!
Philippe Sella, born 14 February 1962 in Tonneins, is a French international rugby union player, playing as a three-quarter centre. He was the first player to reach 100 caps in 1994, for a total of 111 caps. In 1986, he achieved the feat of scoring a try in every match of the tournament, for a total of 30 tries scored throughout his career. He was also awarded the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour.
A two-time French champion with SUAgen between 1981 and 1996, he then played two seasons for Saracens in England. With them, Philippe Sella was runner-up in the English Championship and won the English Cup against Wasps in 1998.
During his 111 caps with the French national team, he was the author of a double victory against New Zealand, an exceptional performance. He won 13 V Nations tournaments and 6 Grand Slam victories in 1987. He played in three World Cups and was a finalist against New Zealand in 1987.
A PE teacher, Philippe Sella oversaw press relations for the Lee Cooper company, then co-manager of the Stella Communication company for 25 years. He was also a rugby commentator for Canal + from 1998 to 2011. In parallel to his journalistic activities, he was the manager of the French U20 team from 2008 to 2011. Philippe Sella is currently president of the SUAgen training centre.