The eldest of five siblings, he spent his early childhood between Burgundy and Mayotte. Finally in Dole the Thebault family will lay their bags, and in cherished Doubs, François makes the first paddling strokes. “I discovered kayaking at the end of 6And the In a physical education class, I got my first license the following school year. And the love story begins. studying in Dulwa Rowing Club Until he turned eighteen, before being selected for the regional team of the Coupe de France and for the French Championship in two young pairs. After receiving his baccalaureate, he set out to Annecy and Cercle Nautique for two years. Which he qualified again for the French Championship 2019.
Heading to Scotland
September 2020, young Doloa directs his compass north and heads to Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, one of the top twenty universities in the world. “My ambition was to come here, I wanted this degree (History, Architecture, Heritage). It is not a sporting choice but in the UK rowing is a prestigious discipline. Being in college sports greatly interests me.”
“I came here”
Now in his third season at the University of Edinburgh Boat Club, Jura can finally experience the joys of a full competition calendar. “These are marathon seasons. Being strongest in September is not enough, you have to hold out until the end. The health crisis has appeared in the seasons. In 2020 there were no competitions and 2021 ended. Despite the limited schedule of the summer period, he won the Scottish Championship in Single rowing boats (single).
“I’ve progressed here, maybe not as much as I’d like. It’s not easy mentally, especially in the winter. We have a lot of training and it’s hard to see friends out when we have to go to bed at 9:30 pm so we can recover well.” Ten to twelve weeks are interspersed with training sessions, each of at least an hour and a half long.
Rowing Temple Direction
On March 26, 2022, he crosses the Kingdom of Her Majesty, to reach the heart of London, participating in the Head of the River Race (HoRR). “This stretch of the Thames is just legendary, it’s a real sense of accomplishment, it’s an honor to be here!” Jura admits.
However, on Saturday 26 March, 7km of river plug was announced between Chiswick and Putney in southwest London. In question, 295 crews of eight athletes from the four corners of the island. At the university or international level, some rowers were, just a few months ago, at the Tokyo Olympics. In the third Scottish boat, of eight rowers and a helmsman, where François is, the crew aims to reach the top 100 boats. Target achieved with 91And the Square. Twelfth for the first boat of the university and a platform in the university ranking (third). register! Next step, Nottingham for the League Championships, mid-April.
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