“Each and every one of these values are equally important to me. Friendship not the least – I have so many friends who I train with and we share fantastic judo moments. I even met my boyfriend in the dojo,” Clémence says and smiles.
When she is practicing or competing judo she is 100 percent concentrated on the task, always waiting for the right opportunity.
“I constantly need to surpass myself. And I still learn more and more at each training and game. There is always some technique that I could better master, some details to get completely right. I also love to compete and the excitement of the game.”
Even though judo is an individual sport it is also a sport that promotes mutual support.
“In order to progress, we need to help each other, it’s the same for everyone. I really like this part of judo, to see someone else reach their goals after hard work and a lot of commitment.”
Daytime Clémence works within Marketing Communications at Getinge’s office in the French city Ardon, to promote the Getinge brand and offering to customers in France.
“I love my job! Every day is different just like when you practice judo. You need to stay calm, alert and laser focused on the task.”
And there are more things for Clémence to achieve at the tatami, which is the carpet where judokas wrestle:
“Practicing judo means keep challenging myself. My mentor is 80 years old and still do judo. He even has the white red belt, and there is no doubt that later on I’ll try to climb the ladder just like him.”