Agathe Girard

Agathe Girard

Life sciences student and sniper

Finding a balance between studies and sports takes time and commitment.

A life sciences student at Sorbonne University, Agathe Girard practices rifle shooting at a high level. She reveals to us how she juggles academic demands and intensive training, while keeping the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in her sights

How did your passion for rifle shooting begin?

Agathe Girard: I started shooting at the age of 7, influenced by my older brother who had started a year before me. With only 17 months apart, we were very close, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Currently in the third year of a life sciences degree, how do you combine your studies and high-level sport?

A. G.: This requires rigorous organization. I chose life sciences to do neuroscience research later. To be able to carry out my double project properly, I have an adjusted study schedule, which allows me to have at least 20 hours per week to devote myself to shooting. I am currently in the first year of my bachelor's degree.

How does Sorbonne University support you in this project?

A. G.: I was lucky enough to benefit from an adapted schedule for my partials during the competitions. This year, I was also selected for the Passport to the Olympics scholarship, which helps me acquire sports equipment and cover housing costs at INSEP. This helps to create conditions conducive to my academic and sporting projects.

The key is organization. Finding a balance between studies and sports takes time and commitment. Seek out support from those around you and don't be afraid to ask for help. With careful planning, it is possible to achieve your academic and athletic dreams.

What do the Paris Olympics mean to you and how are you preparing for them?

A. G.: The Paris Olympics represent a major objective. Although I am not yet qualified, I believe in my chances of getting a place this year by seeking a quota. My ultimate goal is to win a medal at the Paris Games.

Do you have a lucky object or ritual when you compete?

A. G.: Unlike many athletes, I have no lucky object or special ritual. I simply adopt a routine to stay focused and calm before each competition.

What is your most memorable memory during a competition?

A. G.:  The memory that remains engraved in my mind is that of the world championships. Shooting at 300 meters outdoors, with intense wind, made the match particularly difficult. In the end, I thought I didn't do well, but when I saw the rankings, I realized that I had landed third place. I then felt great joy. There were a lot of different emotions during that day.