When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
Of course, that was my goal !! I knew there was a long way to reach the top but I was ready to work hard. Thanks to my experiences in youth categories I learnt how to manage competitions and I quickly felt ready to compete among the best athletes.
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I’ve practiced many sports before climbing (dancing, ice skating, judo, gymnastics) and I was already very fond of competition. I started on artificial walls and I’ve never really climbed outside. What I like best is training to reach the highest level I can afford. I love speed climbing because of the adrenaline it brings back when you climb as well as during competitions. Climbing outside won’t help me to improve my level in that discipline that’s why I don’t practice on cliffs.
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
Being at the top level requires to spend a lot of time training. Thus it becomes hard to share that time with your family and friends… That’s a first problem. Then, you know you won’t be an athlete all your life so you have to prepare your future at the same time. As far as I’m concerned, I’m studying physiotherapy. I entered the school thanks to my “high level status”. I feel lucky because they let me free to arrange my school schedule . But it also takes a lot of time so I’m very busy !
What influenced you to start competing?
At the very beginning, it was natural for me to take part to my first competition with my club and I immediately loved it. It was even more thrilling when I started speed.
I aim at being as efficient as possible in my sport. Competing is a good way to see what I’m able to do and it pushes me beyond my limits.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
I think that everybody around me is responsible of my success. First of all, my parents always let me make my own choices, I was free to practice sport or not, to compete or not… It’s very important to be self-determined ! My club from Saint-Etienne, Escapilade, gave me the desire to climb and never stopped supporting me, which is great ! Of course my friends are always there to encourage me as well as my teammates who make the trainings, the trips and the competitions abroad more entertaining. But the one who really led me to the top is my trainer, Sylvain Chapelle. Thanks to him, I discovered speed climbing ; he gave me good advice and he is still by my side to encourage me when it’s hard.
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
I would tell them to live fully their passion, to train hard to reach their goals, to have fun and most of all to believe in themselves !
What are some of your favourite hobbies?
Sharing good time with friends : joking, playing cards, eating good dishes and chocolate !
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