Mon arrivée sur la scène escalade et l'atteinte du haut niveau (ft. Ina Plassoux)

My arrival on the climbing scene and reaching the high level (ft. Ina Plassoux)

I started climbing 10 years ago now with my college and my parents. After 8 years of gym training and having tried lots of sports, I discovered THE most stylish sport in the world. So I joined the local club to start participating in regional and national competitions. During my second year, being hyper motivated to progress and compete, I joined a small training group with whom I went to do panel work every Saturday. It was there that I discovered the thing I love most about climbing training: resi à muerte sessions (yes, you read that right).

For my U18 years, wanting to progress even more and invest myself in this sport. I'm going to the Quimper club which is in Brittany, the training club for young people. I found a great training group there with a great atmosphere. We are far from what can be done today for young people eager for competition and performance, but for the time and for Brittany it was great!

For 4 years I progressed day by day but climbing is hard so I take big slaps in national competitions but I like it so I go back and it motivates me even more to train harder !

After a year's break to devote 200% to my higher studies, I am returning to climbing for my final U20 year. My recovery was a long way of the cross (because spending a year sitting on a chair never made anyone progress in climbing I think…) but I ended my young years with my first French championship final. Obviously this shows me that work and perseverance pays off and that I am progressing. I therefore decided to go back for at least two seasons of competition as a senior, training at full throttle to succeed in achieving what has become my goal: Joining the French team with difficulty to participate in my first international competitions. Alongside competitive climbing, I also discovered cliffs, but hey, I'm not going to draw you a map of France. When you live in Brittany you don't go down to Ceüse every weekend...

After a first senior year where I am gradually getting closer to my goals, covid is putting the world of competition on pause. Obviously, it would be bad to know me to think that I was going to wait quietly on my sofa for this to pass. Furthermore, I am convinced that at some point, competitions will resume and we will have to be ready! So I train like crazy morning/noon/evening at home. It also allows me to recover from a double hand operation which caused me to lose a good part of my finger strength.

The plan goes as planned, the competitions resume and I qualify for my first World Cup.

This selection is a sort of turning point in my life as a climber. I discover the true high level of climbing and its demands. I like it and show me once again that work and perseverance pays off, so I decide to go back for several seasons of senior competitions (this time I didn't set a limit for myself...) to train at full speed but of course. .with new goals and ambitions.

A year ago, after finishing my physiotherapy studies in Brittany. I'm heading to Chambéry in Savoie to continue to progress, find emulation, structures more suited to high level and get closer to the cliffs.

This season I am once again selected for the French team for several World and European Cups. I didn't quite achieve my goals but there were a lot of positives from the national and international competitions. This shows me again that work and perseverance…. blablabla you understand I repeat the same thing for the third time. So I'm leaving this season more motivated than ever to achieve new goals in competition and on cliffs. Today I work part-time as a physiotherapist, which gives me plenty of time to train properly.

Climbing is a sport so varied and with so many facets that we can constantly reinvent ourselves and find new objectives without ever getting tired, which is what allowed me to stay motivated. At 13 when I started climbing I probably didn't think that 10 years later my life would revolve around this sport, that I would have progressed and that I would still be competing.