In 1966, Gérard was the victim of a car accident that left him paraplegic for life. As a former world Paralympic table tennis medallist, he has been involved in paralympic sports for over 30 years. Gerard is the current President of the French Federation of Disability Sport (FFH) and of the French Paralympic Comity (NPC). He was also an adviser to the EDF President on the issue of accessibility to buildings and improving working conditions for individuals with disabilities. He leads a daily struggle to ensure equality for disabled and able-bodied individuals in terms of living and sports conditions.
Gerard is an active person who works endlessly to promote the values he cherishes - friendship, respect, sharing and the determination to rise to the challenge. He has always advocated for the integration of disabled athletes within able-bodied structures and continues to work towards ensuring the best training conditions for athletes so that they can make the Marseillaise (French National Anthem) resound at the biggest global sporting events.