A high-energy prize-giving ceremony in Essaouira

Essaouira | Prize-giving ceremony

After the emotion of the finish, there was excitement under the marquee tent where the Gazelles all received a prize for their participation in the 31e edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.

Once parked, the Gazelles made their way to the big tent set up a stone's throw from the beach and the medina of Essaouira, to receive their prizes. They made their entrance under a cheering guard of honor formed by all the organizers who supported and accompanied them throughout the adventure. It was not yet 10 am but the atmosphere was already charged for this day of celebration which got off to a decidedly strong start. The Moroccan teams regrouped to make their entry side by side. Amaia and Lorea of Team 245 (AMAIA EGANA IGUINIZ / LOREA MARCONE - Eirl Laforge Fabien AXA Assurance Bayonne)walk in with their children in the arms. " On n’est pas fatiguées (we're not tired) shouted the Gazelles, standing on their chairs as the ceremony began. " I feel like I'm in a nightclub at the end of the evening ", quipped Alexandre Delvoise, the host of this awards ceremony. The atmosphere was indeed charged.

« I believe that you have had an extraordinary edition, and if it was extraordinary, it is thanks to the organizers ", said Dominique Serra, who then called all the organizers up to join her on leg. " Morocco is the host country of the rally, it's part of our DNA “, added the founder of the event. And to illustrate her words, there's nothing like a summary in pictures of the extraordinary landscapes crossed by the teams of this 31e edition. Several dignitaries attending the official finish also wanted to congratulate the Gazelles. " This rally offers visibility to women who do not receive enough recognition ", declared the Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Fatim-Zahra Ammor before addressing a special mention for the Moroccan teams.

All Gazelles are entitled to their moment of glory

Christine Lagarde also wanted to pay tribute to the teams. " For 15 days, you took your destiny into your own hands and you proved that women were capable of anything, especially the best. ", said the President of the European Central Bank (ECB). " Let's ensure that the destiny of the world is taken care of by women! “, she concluded to the applause of the Gazelles. " It's been tough, it's been stormy. But it's through the challenges that you found yourselves “, underlined for his part Ludovic Taché, sports director of the event, who added that this was " the best rally of the past nineteen years »

Each team was then called to the leg. For e-Gazelles Class, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco presented their prizes to the teams. " I am always extremely happy to be here in Morocco, a country that I love very much, that I believe we all love very much. ", adding, This is why I am very happy that the Foundation supports the RAG ". " Very important support ", pointed out Dominique.

For this awards ceremony, all the participants took to the leg and had their moment of glory. Naturally the podiums received even louder applause from the room. The prizes of the day were not limited to sporting prowess. " Dear Gazelles, you are truly heroines ", stated Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Minister of Economy and Finance before handing over a check for 10.000 euros to Team 261 (HYBA BENRYANE / ALONA BEN-NATAN ) for their charity project in support of Atlas Kinder Association , which looks after abandoned children from Morocco in a village entirely dedicated to them.

As to ONMT Beauty Car Challenge, which rewards the most beautiful covering, is the team 139 (Elodie GROGNIER / Celine DUNEUFGERMAIN - Gerancimo) who gets the most votes and who therefore receives a discount of 8000e on his registration fees to the next edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.

A big thank you to all of our partners for their presence and their generosity for the many gifts offered to the winners.