Rochelais Franck Seguela, with a passion in the Southwest

Meeting them on a 3×3 floor, Stade Rochelais player narrates this with poetic impulses in his voice. “I saw this tall beautiful brunette with a sparkling eye and a big smile to communicate…

Meeting them on a 3×3 floor, Stade Rochelais player narrates this with poetic impulses in his voice. “I saw this tall beautiful brunette with a sparkling eye and a big infectious smile. I said to myself: You will be my sunny every day of the year…” For two years, the two lovebirds did not leave each other, even if their news was busy (French Championship final against Asville for Madame and NM1 semi-final against Kane for El-Sayed, Friday 27th May at 8pm in Gaston-Neavour).

prime rib and ferias

Boy has that southwestern flair. He, the alleged Bon Vivant dish: “Everyone is able to eat a 1 kg rib in their own way!” A follower of the Saint-Severe festivities in June slips, mischievously: “I definitely met in the summer at a few parties, even if the special schedule Bi allows me less…”

Born in 1997 to Toulouse parents, he arrived very quickly in Saint-Laurent-de-Jos (a small town in Landes), tired of rugby, the king of the sport, by the father of (Laurent Seguella) former professional rugby player, Frank Young. Everything was to feel oval. The opinion of the mother, a former amateur handball player, however, has a double calculus. “My mother wanted an indoor sport. I was tired of suffering with all the stadiums in France where it was raining…”, he smiles. After suffering a mother’s rebuke to practice boxing, the son caught a glimpse of the older brother’s (Thomas, born 1993) passion: it would be basketball. “This combination of skill, speed, teamwork, and aesthetics immediately attracted me,” he explains.

roots first

Seguela loves his roots and the virtues that team sport conveys. “I’m a bit of a hybrid because on the one hand I was imbued with rugby values, and on the other hand with Chalusi values ​​with basketball. Because the Landes orange ball is an institution. Especially with the iconic Landes cut.” It’s the World Cup. Whoever wins wins everything. This is the moment when the whole department gathers around basketball. When there is a final, time stops. The yards are full, both in Beaumaris and now in Gamard.”

“My mother wanted an indoor sport. I was tired of suffering with all the stadiums in France where it was raining…”

Horsarrieu, Real Chalossais, Mont-de Marsan, Elan Souémonttain Mongaillardais and Dax-Gamarde: the clubs that La Rochelle canceled against in the N2. And one day Greg Thelin, coach of more than a decade at the port club slipped: “There, they basically play with their elbows.”

Unsurprisingly, at the Pau-Lacq-Orthez Training Center (one hour away from his home) Seguela continues his course for seven seasons. With the 1996-1997 golden generation (Okobo, Cavalière, Kaba, Carne all playing at their highest level today), he built himself as both an athlete and a man, while filling his prize list.

The future will be 3×3

In his life, there is also 3×3. An equally passionate encounter. “I fell in love with discipline since my first game. I love the formula. Within 10 minutes the match is played. Then it is easily consumed by the spectators. As a player, I feel more useful and efficient in 3×3. One against one idea is very powerful, so you have to play Strongly.With a view to preparing for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the French Federation decided to maintain discipline.Therefore, Frank Siguila will be under a federal contract next season, in order to focus only on the 3×3.Exceptional opportunity.

I didn’t travel at all when I was younger, except to buy my parents cigarettes in Spain! »

“I never traveled when I was younger, except to buy my parents cigarettes in Spain,” he joked. Before I get more serious: “I’ll be able to see the world. With the World Tour, the World Cup, the European Cup… The goal, even if it’s way off, is to live an Olympic experience. Being able to represent your country and your city… The nation’s values ​​are unwavering and unwavering.” It is a great honor to do all this under the banner of Paris 2024.”

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