The holidays are already over. A week on the pebble, hardly more. Aurélie Bevao will have tried to make the most of her family before returning to the “USA” where she will participate throughout this month in “camps” with her university team from Idaho.
“These are moments of sharing with young Americans or children with disabilities. It is not mandatory but as few people do it, I accepted”explains the Tamponnaise who also does not forget that this kind of mass operation – under the impetus of Romuald Tami-Tabeth via his association Etoiles du Monde – had allowed him to be spotted during an internship in Switzerland. , and take flight for the land of Uncle Sam.”These camps are very useful, continues the young woman of 22 years. The advice I can give is not to be afraid to leave Reunion, because there are plenty of things to discover. You just have to take your courage in both hands.”
Even if it means suffering from family estrangement. The hardest, according to her. Especially since it had been three years since her departure that the former TBB player had not returned home because of the health crisis.
There, the student now has her marks. “I feel good there, I got used to American life”launches the one who first experienced the Californian heat before joining the North-West of the United States, much less lenient in terms of temperatures. “Winter, I was clearly not ready!”, laughs the expatriate. When she states the title of the diploma she has just obtained: “Sports and Exercises Science”, in any case, the accent is not lacking. “It’s really a great experience, I learn a lot of things, in terms of diversity, I meet people who come from Spain, Australia, Croatia”she marvels again.
One more year to convince
And on the basketball side? “The level is very high, it’s a big challenge. I’ve made a lot of progress defensively because US basketball, compared to France, puts more emphasis on this aspect”, unrolls the point guard who won two years in a row, the title of conference champion with the Bengals. If she proudly wears the big ring offered to the winners as tradition dictates, her playing time is however below her expectations. Competition. This season, “Lili” has only ten appearances for 42 minutes in total. It’s a tad better than in the first exercise when she played nine times for an average of 3.4 minutes per game. “The coach has his habits, it’s hard to get a place but I hang on, telling myself that my time will come. I never gave up, I just didn’t have my chance. If he the deal, I will do everything not to disappoint”she promises, without ever showing her spleen on the court and convinced of being part of the success of her team. “There are many ways to contribute to the group, by supporting the girls, by giving the best in training to push yourself to progress. I do all the trips with them, there is a real bond”, explains Aurélie Bevao, aware that the new year which presents itself – her last – must imperatively be that of her hatching if she wants to hang on to the professional wagon. Otherwise, other doors will open to her. In the “States”, in France, or elsewhere, who knows.