Dordogne’s rowing pride, Julien Deprès

After eight years of success, Bergerac’s Julien Deprès looks to his second Olympic Games.

 

Rowing champion Julien Deprès, 25, has been a member of France’s national rowing club since 2000. At home, he belongs to Bergerac’s Sport Nautique, a leading watersports club founded in 1860.

 

Selected for the Olympic Games in Beijing in the Coxless Four event, he has just come back from Munich where the French team went to train and assess its level, while trying to keep calm in the runup to the games. Deprès points out : « There is still work to put in on our collective plan, but on an individual basis ! feel quite up to the task. We have three months to perfect the team dynamic. I am confident because we know exactly what we have to do. What matters to us is that the Coxless Four is the king of events at the Olympics. The best in the world, the top performers, will be there-it’s a huge challengel » Asked about the very political context of these Games, his reaction was : « Each person must think about the quetion and find their own personal responses – and not only in regards to the Olympic Games. This should be a daily reflection, not only for athletes but for everyone everywhere. » Studious, determined and hard working, Julien is widely admired and seen as a great role model, both as a high-level athlete and in his professional life. After brilliant studies in Lyon (Political Science and a Masters in Business Creation), he now works with his father on the business side of the family vineyard in Monbazillac. The young Bergeracois has a promising future and already has a string of triumphs to his name, both national and international.
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2000 : World Junior Runner-up (Vice-Champion) in Double Sculls. 2001 : French Champion in Singles and Coxless Four. 2002 : World Champion in the under-23-year-old category in ‘coxless four’ and French Champion in adult Double Sculls. 2003 : Bronze medal at the World Espoirs Championships. 2004 : Selected to compete in the Olympic Games in Athens. 2006 : French Champion in Doubles. 2007 : Runner-up (vice-Champion) of France and a World Championship finalist. 2008 : Champion of France in Coxless Pair
By Bernard Chubilleau

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