Name: Marlene Devillez

Hails From: Besançon, France

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Favourite Level Six Gear:Duchess Drytop

Story: In the beginning, kayaking was about friends, games and above all trying to roll over as much as possible ! Then, when I was 13, I started slalom training. In highschool, I was in a « Sports and Studies » section and that’s where I learnt rigour, to surpass myself ; at that time, I trained 2 hours per day. At the age of 16, I get my first bronze medal at the French championship of slalom, and continue the next year!

Bit by bit I went up the national rank and reached when I was 19, the elite : the national team 1, but my heart was miles away ! Meanwhile, I discovered a new discipline : the freestyle, with an awesome atmosphere but above all staggering sensations ! Slide, acrobatics, explosivity, fun ; everything pleased me and I decided to focus on this discipline !

When I started freestyle, it was at first for the atmosphere because I felt like I was part of a big family where everyone is close ans where the pleasure to navigate all together surpasses the competition. So, I quickly found my place, letting the pleasure to navigate gains ground again… The pleasure to do freestyle did its job : 7 times champion of France, and double champion of Europe in 2010 and 2012 ! Today, I train the young people of my boat club and I’m president of the freestyle committee of Franche-­‐Comté, and I hope I’ll make things progress for my discipline ! My best memory ? Last week, at the European championship in Austria with my friends. I felt good with them, I was there to navigate and to please me as well in the water as outside ! And I had winning the championships!

I began with slalom kayak and won two bronze medals at the French Championships (2005 et 2006)…but I discovered new sensations in freestyle which changed my mind and I took a new start.
Today, I ‘m an hydrogeologic engineer in a office study in Paris. It’s hard to combine my job and the trainings but I’m doing all I can to continue to forge ahead and to make a success of my professionnal carreer and freestyle !

Best Memory: My best memory ? Last week, at the European championship in Austria with my friends. I felt good with them, I was there to navigate and to please me as well in the water as outside ! And I had winning the championships!

My Projects: I have one and only one objective – win the french 2014 competitions so that I will be picked for the French national Team. Having reached this goal, I’ll be defending my title in the European Championships at the begin of September in Slovaquia. 

Claims to fame (other than being a level six athlete):

2013

  • Rank 11th at the world championships in Nantahala seniors women (45 athletes) 
  • French champion

2012

  •  European champion in Lienz senior women (35 athletes)
  •  French team member
  •  French champion

2011

  • Rank 9th at the world championships in Platling seniors women (45 athletes)
  • French team member
  • French champion

2010

  • European champion in Lienz senior women (30 athletes)
  • French team member
  • French champion

2008-2009

  • Rank 7th at the world cup
  • Rank 25th at the world championships in Thun seniors women 
  • Double French champion kayak
Objectives
  • French champion 2014
  • French team member 
  • Euro championships podium 2014

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