There a several reasons for me to
have trouble starting
on this one.
First, because I haven't been working, living or writing English
for a few weeks. Do I miss it? Am I unhappy to have been
covering events in Corsica, or resting in my little house in the
South East of France...???
Also, a junior tournament is completely different
from a "normal one". I don't know many of the players, not to
say any, I'm very ashamed to say.... So, a bit of panic, "whattheheckamIgoingtowriteabout"
kind of feel.
But mostly, because French Squash just lost one of its most
fiesty and crucial soldiers, Michèle Lecomte, who finally lost
the only battle she ever fought.
Involved in all level of French Squash, Michèle was not the
easiest person to get on with - it takes one to recognise one -
but passionate, determined, a true leader, she was, not to
mention that she welcomed the whole of the French players/officials
into her home at some point or another. Always taking care of
10, 15 juniors... And that was on a calm week...
Madame Squash, as I call her, was essential in the running of
French Squash, and her Vice-President of the French Federation
was anything but honorific. The work she was doing was just
tremendous, day in, day out.
On top of her normal work as a PE Teacher, of course. Squash was
her "hobby", she was a volunteer....
A pillar of strength, Michèle is leaving a huge, gigantic whole,
and I'm not sure who will be ever able to fill it.
Our thoughts of course now should go to Alexandre, her son, and
Fred, who most of you know as the French Junior Coach.