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Mathilde Becerra

Age: 27
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National Federation
Federation Française de la Montagne et de l'Escalade

Personal details

​When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
When I started competing in the Lead World Cup circuit a few years ago, I was already dreaming about being in finals one day. I knew I had a lot to improve to get there, but since then it has always been an ultimate goal for me that helped me get better and better every year.
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I started climbing in a gym and didn’t even climb outside for the first few years. I didn’t feel as good on the rock as I did in a gym, so it was hard for me to learn to like it. Now I do, but competing is something I will be able to do only for a limited time whereas climbing outside will always be there.
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
Being a high level athlete is not an easy job. It involves a lot of dedication and some would say sacrifices. I think about the food for example; being able to control your weight and have healthy eating habits. Or find the drive to always stay motivated to train even when you don’t feel like you’re improving. Luckily those are not really problems for me, I have received a good eating education from my parents and I always enjoy training.
The biggest struggle is when you’re not a “pro” climber (paid) yet, there is the problem of financial sustainability. Finding a job that allows you to train and compete is really hard especially with a high education, at least in France. It is a difficult situation but I find my way around it.
What influenced you to start competing?
Climbing is a sport that has the particularity to make you surpass your limits, which is quite addicting. When I started climbing I could never get enough of it and I guess this is why competing came naturally as I was improving. But I have always been this way, it is just part of my personality.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
Today there are two people that made a big difference in my career. The first person is my life and climbing partner, Sean McColl, who I met 7 years ago and who taught me so much about climbing and competitions. Then there is my personal trainer and mental coach Thomas Ferry who I met 2 years ago and who really found the best in me and brought me to the next level. I couldn’t imagine my career today without them both.
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
First I would say: enjoy climbing for the way it makes you feel, not for the success it might bring. Second, don’t get influenced by the results but only by your own performance and stay honest with yourself. Are you happy with how you climbed? Yes. Then it shouldn’t matter what the result it. If you’re not happy with your performance, analyze your mistakes to get stronger.
Handcrafts (painting and sewing clothes) and baking