an interview. Cherbourg en Cotentin. Thomas Capetain: “Basketball filled a big part of my life”

From National 2 matches with AS Cherbourg in the 2000s to the rise of UST Équeurdreville to the N3, via US La Glacier, with his friends, out of his self-declared “retirement” in 2014, Thomas Capiten will have been celebrating Cotentin basketball for twenty years. Leon-Juho’s conclusion during the derby was almost like passing the torch with the new generation. (© La Presse de la Manche)

Thomas CaptainplayerUST Equeurdreville (Municipality delegated from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Manche), decided stop his career on me Height in National 3.

News: What are the reasons for this stop?

Thomas Captain: At 40, I think it’s the right time. Training and playing From a family point of view, it’s getting more and more complicated. We had to ask each other to take care of the children …

From a material point of view?

CT: Sometimes you had to fiddle, but I was still doing well. After all, going through a full session because you’re a little inferior, it’s not always very enjoyable. Especially since in the Équeurdrevillais group there are still beautiful people. In any case, it is better to finish climbing.

Can’t you dream better?

CT: I could have finished with a major injury or heard they were no longer counting on me. Not so. Despite two spoiled seasons due to Covid-19, the club has been able to recharge, I was part of that adventure and was able to come back full circle on a very high note. And the end of the derby match against Cherbourg was unique!

What do you think of this double climb?

CT: It is evidence of a true local will. Clubs managed to set up real projects. I’m so happy for Cherbourg, who was able to organize herself as much as possible to get there. I’m also happy for UST, as I know both sections show a desire to leave room for young people. And I know many of them crocheted in these adventures.

“Baby, I walked into a room. Forty years later, I’m still there.

What will you remember from your career?

CT: joy. My parents left me no choice (laughs). Baby, I walked into a room. Forty years later, I’m still there. Basketball has filled a huge part of my life. I missed a few things elsewhere, I made sacrifices, but I wouldn’t do anything differently. You shaped me as a man, experienced a sexy vibe, rubbed my shoulders with a real group of friends, discovered others, etc. Sports, even more than sports, is my DNA.

“I feel like we helped grow the local basketball a little bit.”

Tell us about your time at UST Équeurdreville?

CT: I haven’t already forgotten my class at La Glacerie, in the pre-national period. It was awesome. Then, at 36, I was entitled to a few extra years in the floor treasury. In the end, few players get such opportunities. We do find one here and there in some bands, but just as often it is fairly rare. It was a chance to play with more friends. We all found our account there. From 36 to 40 years it was great to be involved in this project, and even more so with Serge (Grégorieff) who has continued to trust us.

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Other players, Basil Grigoriev and Max Niers, also decided to resign. Page turns…

CT: Yes, but it is a very nice page. I have a feeling we’ve contributed quite a bit to the growth of local basketball. Many children came to see us and we showed them things. Today, it is up to them to take charge.

How do you imagine the sequel?

CT: We will let the same club structure for N3, R2 and so on. We’ll then see if there are a few more coaching opportunities left for us… But I repeat, I’ve been very fortunate to have such a career. Thanks to basketball, I met great men, such as Basile (Gregoryv). For 40 years, we lived the same story and we’re still here. 40 years of beautiful friendship.

Interviewed by Benoit Henry

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