4) 1913: RECOGNITION
In March 1913, an International Congress of Physical Education was organized in Paris, under the aegis of the new President of the Republic, Raymond Poincaré , to compare the different methods that flourished at the time.
The FrenchNavy presented Hébert's " Natural Method ".
Georges Hébert demonstrated with 350 subjects of all ages (from 7 to 21 years old) and not selected for the occasion.
Demonstration at the International Congress of Physical Education, Paris 1913.
He won a real triumph and the Natural Method appeared to the public as “the” method to be adopted.
The press praised Hébert and the Natural Method immediately reached international distribution and notoriety .
A HEBERT support committee is immediately formed with:
Pierre de COUBERTIN and the Olympic Committee
Auguste RODIN (sculptor)
Jean BOUIN (Olympic medalist, 35 french records and 5 world records in running)
The Marquis of POLIGNAC
jean RICHEPIN (academician)
Gabriel BONVALOT (explorer)
Caricature, by Jaffre, of Georges Hébert published in the press, 1913
1913: The college of athletes of Reims
(Pierre Philippe Meden: Du sport à la Scène, Presse Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017, I.5.4, P. 151-165)
Following this effervescence, Hébert - with the support of De Coubertin-was called, in April 1913, to take the head the “college of athletes of Reims”. It is financed by a donator, the Marquis de Polignac, (President of the "Pommery" champagnes).
The college of athletes was inaugurated by the President of the Republic in October 1913.
Georges Hébert trains:
top athletes (including Jean Bouin) for the 1916 Olympic Games
instructors in 2 separate centers.
The direction of the physiology laboratory is given to his friend Demenÿ.
The college of athletes of Reims: Views of the stadiums and the gymnasium
Fame is immediate and we many delegations from France and abroad come and discover this new method: the "Natural Method".
Unfortunately, the adventure is stopped by the First World War ...