BERDER Cecilia


Personal Information

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Athlete, Journalist

Languages French

Higher education Journalism - School of Journalism [ESJ] Paris: France

License number 13121989000


World Cup3--3
Antalya (TURKEY), 2014-03-14
New York (USA), 2017-01-27
Salt Lake City (USA), 2019-01-25
World Championship-112
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-13Leipzig (GERMANY), 2017-07-20
Zone Championships-1-1
Novi Sad (SERBIA), 2018-06-16
Grand Prix-156
Orléans (FRANCE), 2011-02-11Orléans (FRANCE), 2010-02-05
Cancun (MEXICO), 2016-12-16
Seoul (KOREA), 2017-03-31
Cancun (MEXICO), 2017-12-15
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-02-22

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport in 1997 at the Fencing Club Quimper Cornouaille [EQC] in France. She was the only female member of the club at the time, which she believes helped her develop faster in her youth. "I was never treated as a girl. We fought as equals, which pushed me higher."

Why this sport? Her mother enrolled her in sports to help her burn off energy. Climbing was her first love but her mother encouraged her to try fencing after they discovered that her local climbing club was fully booked. She started off with foil but soon switched to sabre. "My mother nicknamed me 'the goat' when I was a child, because I loved climbing over everything. I chose the sabre because it suited my physical capabilities."

Club / Team Cercle d'Escrime Orleanais [CEO]: France

Name of coach Jean-Philippe Daurelle [national], FRA; Cyril Verbrackel [national]

Training Regime She trains at the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Cec (Facebook profile, 09 Jun 2015)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning team gold in sabre at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (lequipe.fr, 09 Nov 2018; francetvinfo.fr, 27 Jul 2018)

Injuries In March 2011 she suffered from compartment syndrome in her right forearm. (escrime-ffe.fr, 24 Mar 2011)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sportmag.fr, 23 May 2017; francebleu.fr, 01 Aug 2016)

Other information OCCUPATION
She works as a journalist for Franceinfo, a television, radio and online news service in France. In 2019 she worked on a series of features about French athletes hoping to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "As fencers we are more or less forced to have a job because it's not really a professional sport, even though we train like professionals. I specialise in journalism, in radio, because I like telling stories. In my role each week I talk about sport, with a focus on Olympic athletes. I work about 15 hours per week and I'm lucky because I can do it on a train, a plane, in between training sessions or sitting on my hotel bed. All I need is paper and a pen to work." (Twitter profile, 03 Jun 2019; francetvinfo.fr, 05 May 2019; FranceTV YouTube channel, 26 Mar 2019; Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2019)

Her parents Eric and Patricia run a restaurant and bar in Quimper, France. The bar is called 'The Sabre' in honour of their daughter. (ouest-france.fr, 24 May 2019)


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