Back from the United States, Reunionese climbing champions resume training

Gold, silver and bronze medals in speed: the climbing world championships were synonymous with consecration for young people from Reunion. Back on the island, they have already resumed training.

“You become a champion with work, training and willassures Manon Lebon, gold medal in speed at the U18 world championships. You have to stay motivated even when it gets tough, and training pays off.”

On August 27 and 28, the Speed ​​Climbing World Championships took place in Dallas in the United States. Once again, Reunion shone by winning four medals, including two gold, Manon Lebon and Max Bertone who won first place in U16 difficulty climbing.

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Barely returned from Dallas, the Reunionese champions are back in the training box, at the gymnasium of the University of Le Tampon. For them, the work never stops, because the results obtained in youth competitions actually constitute a stage in their final preparation.

“The Olympic dream is that of all top athletes, recognizes Philippe Gaboriaud, coach of the climbing hope pole of Reunion. They don’t only project themselves on the results in “young”, it’s part of the journey and maybe their career will take them further”.

From the first contacts with the obstacles of the climbing walls, the faculties of each other are detectable according to Philippe Gaboriaud. Athletic qualities, motivation, an ability to decipher difficulties are certainly important, but more is needed. Inspiration and hard work are essential.

“I started climbing at the age of 7, when I climb, a part of me is freed, I go to another world, I like it”says Maélane Villedieu, bronze medalist at the U16 world championships.

“I train five times a week on the wall and one or two specific muscle strengthening workouts, it’s almost every day”, explains Marius Payet-Gaboriaud, silver medalist at the U18 world championships.

To work, with rigor, while preserving the balance of the athletes by keeping them in their family, social and school environment, this is what the coach of the climbing hope center in Reunion wants.

“The little ones start in the clubs, they are well trained in Reunion, and when they start to excel at the national level, being able to keep them in their family and school environment is very important, assures Philippe Gaboriaud, coach of the climbing hope pole of Reunion. This stabilizes their construction. Having a structure to welcome them here is an element of success and that is what we have put in place with the hope pole”.

The factory of champions works rather well in Reunion. Behind the excellent Oriane Bertone, the next generation is there to hoist the colors of Reunion higher and higher.

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