La Fédé: “Athletics, the thread of my life”

The French Athletics Federation has discovered of the dying of Josiane Bordellier, who handed away on Thursday November 10 on the age of 83. To pay tribute to her, we’re publishing an interview together with her that appeared within the February-March 2020 concern of Athlétisme Journal.

It is not sufficient to have expertise, it’s a must to know find out how to cross it on. In 1965, after a fantastic profession as a shot putter (15 worldwide picks), Josiane Bordellier determined to transmit her information by shaking up the codes. She grew to become a throwing coach, notably within the hammer, an occasion which didn’t formally change into blended till 1995. She had retired within the fall of 2019, on the age of 80.

How did you change into a throwing coach within the 60s?

A bit by likelihood! On the time, I used to be a bodily schooling and worldwide weight instructor. I used to be contacted as quickly as I arrived in Thionville by the president of the native membership, ES Thionville. I grew to become a coach earlier than I even realized it. I took care of 5 throwers, together with three hammer throwers, and fifteen women in multi-specialty. I used to be nonetheless within the France staff and stationed in highschool, so it required good group.

What had been the reactions on the earth of athletics?

Within the first competitions, close to the hammer cage, there was in fact shock. A lady coach, along with the hammer, it was stunning. However I used to be not an unknown, since I used to be worldwide in weight. So I used to be very nicely obtained. Even when, through the internship, I used to be a bit of “spoofed” due to my warning when it comes to bodybuilding masses, I consider that I used to be somewhat esteemed by my male colleagues.

The fervour for teaching has by no means dried up?

Even when weariness or discouragement had been typically felt, there have been so many stunning encounters, pleasure, surprises, pleasures of all types that the stability sheet is rapidly made. In 1997, I made a decision to cease teaching. I used to be three years away from skilled retirement and I did not wish to cease every part on the similar time. I lastly discovered the stadiums in 2016 with pleasure. However now, place for the younger folks, I consider that I gave nicely! In the long run, teaching was the thread of my life.

Your fondest reminiscence?

I’d say “probably the most stunning”, as a result of there are a number of. As a coach, I accompanied seven worldwide women and men, three of whom competed within the European championships. That I used to be entrusted with the preparation and supervision of the French ladies’s junior groups and throwing hopefuls has at all times been a supply of pleasure. I’d add the gold medal from the French Athletics Federation, a fantastic recognition. I might have quoted Quentin Bigot and his podium in Doha in fact, however I by no means thought-about myself his coach. I fashioned a bunch in 2016 a bit of by likelihood round Quentin, following a considerably inconceivable assembly and at his request. He spoke to me frankly, he wished me to remain and satisfied me. Everybody has the correct to a second likelihood. We then accompanied him for eighteen months, whereas ready for the arrival in France of Pierre-Jean Vazel, who lived in China and coached him remotely. Lastly, the three titles received with a hammer by the A2M through the French Cup in 2017, 2018, 2019, since I coached three of the 4 pitchers. Lastly, as an athlete, my captaincy within the France staff stays a spotlight. A lady with this duty was fairly uncommon on the time.

Your definition of a coach?

He’s a passionate individual, competent in a number of areas, with a very good degree of experience in method and bodily preparation. She have to be in empathy and understanding of the opposite, with a very good dose of persistence. I’ve at all times coached teams for durations of at the least six years. That is the minimal time it takes to achieve the anticipated degree.

Coaching, was it tougher than one other exercise?

No, as a result of ardour erases many difficulties and helps to counterbalance all of the funding and vitality {that a} coach can commit to his exercise. However to final, you want a steady private life and curiosity in different issues. Residing athletically is nice, however it’s a must to produce other pursuits to breathe recent air. My different passions are journey and pictures. Apart from, I’m getting ready a visit to Peru for this yr.

What did you want and frustrate you probably the most about your job?

What a pleasure to see the athletes evolve as athletes, however particularly as human beings! After I organized mini-camps for younger folks through the college holidays, after coaching, we invited the opposite older athletes to have a chew to eat, it was very convivial. What irritated me was typically having to name to order about life-style, weight loss program, sleep, restoration. The present technology is harder, they’re at all times linked they usually want every part, straight away. However nobody has ever left my group for such a concern, I’ve at all times been in dialogue.

Are you a linked coach or an old-school coach?

Between the 2: my fundamentals date again to the 60s, however I rapidly used video within the early 80s and used psychological preparation, when it was not too trendy. I used to be a little bit of a forerunner. We additionally labored so much utilizing a rubber band to spare the joints and acquire flexibility, lengthy earlier than it grew to become widespread. I additionally preferred to attract inspiration from different sports activities to adapt sure PPG strategies, particularly for throws.

Do you could have a coach mannequin?

Above all, I discovered so much from my private coach, René Bernez, in Batilly (Meurthe-et-Moselle), but additionally from Albert Rivet, my coach for the France staff. I additionally be mindful very fascinating exchanges throughout coaching programs with the Swiss Jean-Pierre Egger, who was the coach of Werner Günthor, triple world weight champion.

Interview by Renaud Goude

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