French Basketball Team: Céline Domarck, Double Top

We’re in the setup phase, and the girls are in the process of understanding all the instructions the technical team can give to this young group. They are in great shape, we can’t wait to discover Palais des Sports against this great Belgian team.

A setup polluted by many packages, notably the Sandrine Gruda package, and the absence of major players…

We’re in the setup phase, and the girls are in the process of understanding all the instructions the technical team can give to this young group. They are in great shape, we can’t wait to discover Palais des Sports against this great Belgian team.

A tainted setup with several packages, including the Sandrine Gruda package, and the absence of major players, kept in the US.

It’s not simple. Injuries are a part of an athlete’s life, and every year we suffer from bundles. It is unfortunately very common. Plus, we’ve got WNBA players developing on teams that participate in the final stages (Ileana Robert of Las Vegas and Gabe Williams of Seattle, editor’s note). We wish them the best but we can’t wait for them to come back.

What is the goal in the World Cup?

There aren’t really any goals. Today, we are here with a new crew, a new group, but without the adult girls from previous years, absent. Young players are the ones who will try to give their best and get a good result.

International matches are a step above, both technically and physically. If the twelve girls understood that they could bring a little more of their identity, we’d have a great French squad.

After twenty years in the blue jersey, she is now the general manager of the French women’s team. Explain your role.

I link between the federation, the technical staff and the players. I wore the France team jersey for a long time so I know what the sequence of the preparation blocks is, the competition. I know the mental state of the players so I try to guide them as well as the coaching staff.

I found out behind the scenes, it’s so much fun. I also don’t hesitate to send messages to girls. I have nothing to do on the pitch, so I try to take a step back, even if sometimes I have to make up my mind. It is beautiful, there is a good atmosphere. A new adventure is being built, and I’m so happy to be in the middle of it all.

I have a title for collecting fines too (laughs), at least for the staff. Players manage it. I am very strict, less delay, less error, and I agree with them.

“Navy (Fauthux) is a phenomenon in every sense of the word. I’ve been seeing her for a year, and she has an amazing development, just like her.”

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You are also still a professional Basket Landes player. How do you manage this double hat?

It’s going very well. I am fortunate to have my colleagues here, my ex, there is always a very respectful relationship. I have a double hat, but that’s not annoying. We are human, we have different jobs and roles, but the most important is the human aspect. I feel very comfortable and the players did well. I’m not the “boss”, I’m just there to make things go well. I try to put everything in place so that the players are satisfied.

In Basket Landes, she scrubs shoulders with the Marine Fauthux on a daily basis. What is your relationship with the country child?

Marine is a phenomenon in every sense of the word. I’ve been seeing her for a year now, and she has an amazing development, just like her. It progresses from year to year, month to month, week to week. What you do with the France team is high quality. We forget that she’s barely 21, and sometimes we realize it…but that’s pretty cool. She is someone I really appreciate, she is very attentive. It’s going very well. Even if I give him little shots from time to time (laughs)…

In your 40s, what motivates you to postpone retirement year after year?

It is a pleasure to be on the field, to share the feelings. Two seasons ago we won the French championship, a few months ago we won the Coupe de France. You say to yourself “What are we going to win next year?”

It’s hard to dismiss all these feelings and tell yourself that your life is going to completely change. You put everything in the balance. The desire isn’t going away anytime soon. The physical aspect comes more and more into consideration. He’s starting to lean. These are special times for all athletes who have put their careers on hold.

Manager and player quickly become a coach?

Now, this is not in my eyes at all. Training is not something I could ever be happy about and would be relevant to. But, in terms of individual training or more specific things, why not. A high-profile sports life is already very stressful, and the life of a coach is crazy. I don’t want to go crazy like them (laughs).

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