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From lectures to the pool: a synchronised path for Lila!

Lila Meesseman-Bakir is a member of the French duo of the synchronised swimming team of France, which will represent France at the next Olympic Games in Peking. A student in year three of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she tells us about her life both as a student and a high-level athlete. ‘Reconciling ...

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"More than just a title, being a top-level athlete at UPMC is, above all, a relationship of confidence"

Marielle

Marielle knows what she is talking about when she is asked about the support available for athletes at UPMC. A bachelor’s degree student at the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education (INSEP), she trains twice a day. With plans to become an engineer, no school however let her have the possibility of maintaining her practice of judo at the highest level.
‘It was Frédéric Roche, former head of the sports department of UPMC, who informed me about the existence of support services for students in my position. So I enrolled in the preparatory course of Polytech’Paris-UPMC, which is the engineering school of UPMC. With the Department for Physical and Sports Activities (DAPS), we adjusted my timetable in such a way that I was able to practice judo every day. This requires good organisation but makes it possible to do a university curriculum leading to a degree. I did my preparatory course over three years instead of two.
Now, I’m in the first year of engineering studies, and with the support of the Department for Physical and Sports Activities (DAPS), I can continue to train every day. These very nice arrangements must in return be honoured by the respect by every athletic student of the high-level athletes’ charter.
My aim in the short term is to win the 1D French championships, to take part in international tournaments and participate in University French Championships as an individual and in a team. Professionally, once my engineering degree in earth sciences is validated, I would like to work in the field of renewable energy. And after that, we’ll have to see…’



21/11/08