Symbols and values
But that’s not the only thing that pushed the young woman to take up the challenge. “When I was little, I was fascinated by gazelles, the animal. I really admired the freedom of their movements. That’s one of the reasons I decided to do this particular rally and not another“, says Juliette. “When you’re constantly restricted and dependent on others, it’s a powerful symbol to become a Gazelle“, adds her mother. For Sandrine, taking part in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc also means “showing that women with disabilities shouldn’t be infantilized, because Juliette is a woman first and foremost, and people tend not to see her that way“.
Team 240 (Juliette LEPAGE / Dominique CAPDEVIELLE / Sandrine LEPAGE) is proud to uphold these feminist values. They have decided to call themselves “Mirage” for the occasion, for several reasons. “Because we’re likely to see some“, “because it’s the name of a magnificent military airplane“, “because mirage contains the letters ‘rag’, which are the initials of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc“, lists Juliette, adding, jokingly: “Because it’s a visual effect that I won’t be able to see“.
This adventure is all about Juliette, who did much of the work to raise the necessary budget. But she has no intention of putting pressure on herself regarding the competition. “I’ve come here with no expectations, and I’ll see what the desert has to offer“, concludes the young Gazelle, full of enthusiasm.