In an unique interview with Ici Beyrouth, Manon Ouaiss, champion of Lebanon and Asia in alpine snowboarding, tells us about her preparation for the approaching season. Manon has her sights set on the Alpine Snowboarding World Championships, which can be held in Courchevel from February 6 to 19, 2023.
Right here Beirut: Manon, how is your bodily preparation going for the following ski season?
Manon Ouaiss: Preparation takes many types. Firstly bodily, as a result of snowboarding is a really bodily demanding sport, and preparation additionally serves to guard in opposition to harm. A lot of the bodily preparation takes place in the summertime. It is an off season the place there are not any competitions and the place we will due to this fact give ourselves with out counting. There may be, in actual fact, no want to guard your self for buying throughout this era. […]. As a part of the preparation, skiers typically go, throughout the month of September, to the southern hemisphere to have ample weather conditions for snowboarding.
IB: How are you mentally getting ready for the upcoming season?
MO: Sadly, Lebanese sport doesn’t give significance to psychological preparation. I haven’t got a psychological coach, however I am fortunate to be very properly surrounded by my household and my associates, and I thank them very a lot for his or her help. Nevertheless, the necessity for psychological preparation in my case have to be put into perspective. It’s particularly the athletes who’re combating for Olympic medals who want psychological preparation. The upper the stakes, the larger the psychological preparation required.
Asian title affect
IB: Has the title of Asian champion modified your life on a private stage?
MO: Sure, this title made me very completely happy and gave me credibility. A fairly relative credibility since it’s restricted to the regional scale.
IB: Have you ever had extra requests from sponsors since this Asian title?
MO: I made a whole lot of focused requests, which sadly didn’t come to fruition because of an absence of finances from the coveted firms. With out mentioning that ultimately, they’ve extra curiosity in sponsoring extra fashionable sports activities than snowboarding within the Center East, which due to this fact provides them extra visibility. As for the international firms, they finance above all European athletes, who’re a lot better than the Lebanese athletes. We due to this fact discover ourselves at an deadlock when it comes to financing.
Funding of the season
IB: Does the Lebanese Federation help you?
MO: The members of the brand new Lebanese Ski Federation are actually skilled and clear. However the actual downside is that the federation receives little or no public funding. The small finances obtainable to the federation is dedicated to main occasions such because the world championships and the Olympic Video games. Skiers should due to this fact cowl their preparation prices themselves. The federation solely funds prices straight associated to main occasions, corresponding to journey and competitors prices. All of the group, in addition to the prices that go together with it, of the upstream preparation, are borne by the athletes.
Within the present context, I can perceive that the Ministry of Sports activities can’t inject some huge cash into Lebanese high-level sport. However ultimately, it’s the Lebanese athletes who are suffering and are due to this fact typically pressured to cease competing. So, in my private case, the 2023 season can be my final season.
IB: You do not wish to proceed a couple of extra seasons and do the 2026 Olympics?
MO: I might have preferred to. Snowboarding is a ardour. For me, it’s the most full sport. It is a technical sport, with robust adrenaline rushes, in an distinctive setting. However sadly, work and snowboarding are troublesome to reconcile. There are too many logistical issues for me to proceed on this path. I choose to do just one factor and undertake it totally (Editor’s word: Manon can be a regulation pupil) quite than doing two issues in half measures.
IB: The following world championships will happen in February 2023 in France. What’s your sporting goal for this competitors?
MO: Ideally, I wish to end in the course of the desk, as was the case on the Beijing Winter Olympics this 12 months. We must be round 100 individuals for this occasion. To complete within the prime 50 can be a superb efficiency.