When and how did you get into climbing and what kept you interested / fascinated in the sport
I started when I was 15 after trying all kind of sports. What got me into climbing straight away was the self expression, personal challenges which also makes me grow up as a person. It was also addicting because I had talent and abilities for this sport (lots of explosive power for a tiny girl). I just felt in the right place with this nice community, being a shy teen, not feeling comfortable in society.
Who was your childhood hero and do you consider yourself a role model now? Does it influence you at all that other people look up to you?
Climbing in Bordeaux and climbing history were not very deeply rooted. So I never had a climbing hero, even if I now have great respect for the actors of climbing history! I had just the hunger to get better and play around ! I admit I was totally hyper active. Nowadays, I don't like to consider myself as a role model but I would like to inspire people to work hard for whatever motivates them ! Sure it influences me that people look up to me, but I try to follow my psyche for climbing.
What were the most important milestones in your life so far, both in climbing and in everyday life? Did you immediately recognize them as such or only later on?
In everyday life, having the freedom to shape my daily routine around climbing. This is something I'm seeking for now and in the future, building my abilities that last in a way that I'm satisfied with. I didn't recognize it straight away, I learnt it by becoming a professional climber and realizing I want to create my own way.
In climbing, for sure competitions taught me so much ! Handling my hyper sensibility was the first point, reveling myself and being able to share it on stage with thousand of eyes on me ! Then getting addicted to this energy ! Rock climbing taught me the inner calm and the deeper contact with nature, seeking for proud lines :) But also patience for solving complex movements ! The tougher it is, the more I am !
What were your greatest failures / setbacks / injuries? How did you cope with them and how did you come back from them?
Ouch, I had so many injuries during the competitions.... mainly psychosomatic. When I didn't feel comfortable with what I was doing or with the relationships I was in. Competitions take so much out of you and the stress during events is super high (at least for me) that sometimes you go too far, especially when you're fighting for what you believe in.... My love and addiction to climbing has always brought me back! Patience is key when you're injured (sometimes you're not able to play sports), and you have to focus on what you can do in the moment to have a better time! You should always take the recovery easy and have a good medical team to support you!
What is your favorite climbing related story / experience?
Probably traveling to Africa, in Malawi or Madagascar, discovering different concepts of living free from occidental time convention and where people are generally happy even if their life's conditions are very poor. Also simply being able to challenge myself on incredible lines with different rock, different size, in a different part of the world