EPEE Laurence


Personal Information

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages English, French

Higher education Journalism - Journalist Training Centre [CFJ] Paris: Paris, FRA

World Cup-1-1
Dubai (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES), 2018-05-04

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age six in Paris, France. "As soon as I started fencing, I wanted to start competing. I wanted to be like Laura Flessel."

Why this sport? She began fencing with the foil before switching to epee at age 13. "With the foil I was doing a lot of non-valid touches. At least with the epee all touches are valid, and I thought it was cool. Fencing is a sport in which, before facing a rival, you need to be concentrated on what you are doing. I just fell in love with the sport."

Club / Team Clichy Escrime: Paris, FRA

Name of coach Sebastien Barrois [national], FRA

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

Handedness Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Achieving her first World Cup podium when she finished second in May 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (escrime-ffe.fr, 07 May 2018)

Most influential person in career French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic, who influenced her to focus on the epee discipline. (leparisien.fr, 17 Jun 2018)

Hero / Idol French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic. (lemondelescrime.wordpress.com, 20 Jun 2018)

Awards and honours She was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World University Games in Taipei, Chinese Taipei. (france-u-taipei2017.com, 17 Aug 2017)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 18 May 2019)

Other information ATTACKING STYLE
She prefers an offensive style of fencing. "I am very explosive and fast. I am an attacker, who likes to move forward. But sometimes I don't prepare my attack well, and that's where I can sometimes lose a match and take hits." (eurosport.fr, 30 Jun 2017)

She was born in Paris, France, to a family of Cameroon and French Guiana origins. Her parents moved the family to the overseas region of French Guiana when she was age 10, and she continued fencing there at the Geldar Kourou club, where she switched disciplines from foil to epee. She returned to France at age 14. "I am a Parisienne at heart. My family, my friends, my whole life has always been in Paris. I never really wanted to leave in my youth." (Facebook page, 18 Apr 2019; lemondelescrime.wordpress.com, 20 Jun 2018; guyane2014-2016.org, 02 Nov 2015; leparisien.fr, 11 Dec 2012)

She studied law at the University Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas and at the University Paris-Sorbonne from 2008 to 2012. "I have studied law, but now I have become a journalist. Later on I would like to work in a cultural or political domain." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2018; lemondelescrime.wordpress.com, 20 Jun 2018)


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