“I will continue until I can’t anymore!”

“I will continue until I can’t anymore!”
“I will continue until I can’t anymore!”

Cathy Roux may see the years go by, but she continues to collect trophies. At 72 years old, the woman from La Rochelle has just won her third title as French bowling champion in the senior category. Meet her.

On the track, her eyes fixed on the pins, Cathy Roux keeps throwing. And winning.

A 72 ans, this Rochelaise come of win the titre of champion of France bowling alley plus of 64 ans in individual in Châlons-en-Champagne last June. The third of on career ! “Here at the bowling alley? I practically live here!” And Cathy laughs. Bowling is almost her whole life. She comes to play every day or at worst, every other day.


The Rochelaise has just won her third French bowling champion title.

© Morgane Plouchart/FTV

On the table, the trophies and medals are piled up, pell-mell. « I’m very happy to have sorted things out because I rediscovered a lot of things like the first veteran championships, it was in 2005 and I had already won. » The gray-haired lady can even boast titles as coach of the French women’s team.

What does she owe such success to? Perhaps to her favorite ball. A black ball marbled with gold. “It’s the one that slides the furthest.” Cathy Roux has six in total with whom she has developed a deep bond. “I know my balls by heart. I know how they react. Depending on the oiling of the track, I will start by choosing one and I will modify my choice, depending on the result.”

Cathy was also helped by her husband. He is none other than the creator of the La Rochelle bowling alley. That was in 1987. « When we settled in Charente-Maritime, Cathy started working with me »remembers Patrice Roux. « She agreed to work here but on the condition that she knew what bowling was. She’s stubborn, you know… »he adds, mischievously. « She got it into her head to become a professor and there aren’t tons of bowling instructors in France. » Not a little proud, the husband. « It is recognized in many countries ! »


Cathy Roux knows her balls like the back of her hand!

© Morgane Plouchart/FTV

And it was also in 1987 that she joined the La Rochelle club which had just been created. « She’s a winner ! »assures Bernard Peche, one of the club’s players. « She hangs on, she plays with pleasure. It necessarily gives results ! » Jacqueline Coraux, the club president, even sees Cathy as a friend. : « Everyone loves Cathy ! She is truly a champion but she also passes it on to others. She doesn’t just think of herself. When we have a problem, she is even there to advise us. She’s great ! »

Cathy Roux participate in in august has and other tournament of bowling feminine. From here To be, elle account GOOD practice sans released. « I will continue until I can no longer ! »she promises.

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