C’est un adieu aux terrains qu’il avait sans doute envisagé plus tardif. Le Stade Rochelais a annoncé dans un communiqué que son troisième ligne Kévin Gourdon allait mettre un terme immédiatement à sa carrière, à cause d’un problème cardiaque.
He bids farwell to the playing pitches earlier than expected. Stade La Rochelle announced his retirement with immediate effect.
“C’est une nouvelle brutale et triste, mais ma santé est prioritaire”, a réagi le joueur de 31 ans. “Malheureusement c’est quelque chose qu’on ne maitrise pas, je ne suis pas en mesure de faire quoique ce soit pour que la situation soit différente, je n’ai donc pas de regret”, a-t-il ajouté.
“It is very sad but my health comes first, said the 31 year old. Several things have happened that I can’t overcome, and i wish things were different, but I have no regrets”
Dans l’histoire de La Rochelle
Kévin Gourdon a disputé 221 matchs avec le Stade Rochelais, qu’il avait rejoint en 2012. Il a connu une finale de Top 14 et de Coupe d’Europe avec les Jaune et Noir en 2020-2021. Il avait aussi été sélectionné à 19 reprises avec le XV de France, entre 2016 et 2018.
He played 221 times for La Rochelle since joining in 2012, including Top 14 and HCup finals. He has 19 caps for France won between 2016 and 2018.
Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer.
The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013.
Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI.
Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug
2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website.
But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien.
The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50.
Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites www.realnamara.net, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea.
Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.