This post was written by Charlotte and Celina together.
In 2015 we started a series of interviews called Learning to Fly: We have talked to Jessica Lichtenberg, longtime coach from Team Neuss, in Germany, and to Magdalena Riegler, the flyer from RC Wildegg, from Austria. By reaching out to outstanding flyers and coaches we hope to learn how to better train and develop young flyers, but also a little bit about these vaulters who might be the most important figures in their teams, but at times don’t get the chance to tell their story.
Today we go to France to talk to Romane Biardeau, the young flyer from Compagnie Noroc, the vaulting team founded in 2014 by world champions Jacques Ferrari and Nicolas Andreani with the goal of bringing vaulting together with art. Beyond some amazing presentations, Noroc has also reached global acclaim in big competitions by winning the French Championships, after a historic battle with the Ecuries de la Cigogne and CVI Ermelo. And Romane has been there for all this, standing tall throughout her first year as a competitive vaulter.
Little mademoiselle Biardeau is only ten years old and 1.32m in height, but has a lot of spirit and is ready to vault as a grown up. We met her at FEI’s Seminar for Judges and she agreed to answer a few questions. We’ve talked about how to make yourself heard among a team of great vaulters and about the hard work of being able to fly.
Check it out:
1)Jacques Ferrari is a legend of the sport. What is it like being on the same team with a world champion?
I am very proud of that! His advice is very important and he inspires me trust and safety.
2) You are still very young and this was your first year competing. What have you learned from this experience so far?
This year required long and tiring work, it taught me to manage my nerves and not get stressed before the competition. Being the younger and less experienced person in the team means that I have to work harder than everyone else.
3) Yeah, that must be difficult. How is it for you to be working with people who are so much older than you?
I have learned to have perseverance and patience. I try to learn from their experiences and advice. It isn’t always easy to make myself heard and expose my ideas.
4) What would you like to improve on your vaulting? What does it take to be a good flyer in your opinion?
I think being a good flyer comes from having grace and balance, and being in connection with the horse.
5) Any tips or advice for young vaulters who might be reading this?
It’s important to practice a lot, never give up and always keep trying to reach perfection. Each one has an important role and that’s what makes a good team.