Rousseaux lapin

Je ne résiste pas à la tentation de partager avec vous la “news” qui vient d’être publiée il y a deux heures à peine sur la page d’information du site officiel de la Confédération Européenne de Volley-Ball. De fait, il s’agit d’un article entièrement consacré à notre compatriote Hélène Rousseaux qui, cette année, fait les beaux jours de la solide équipe polonaise de Rzeszow, une équipe qui fait partie du cercle fermé des formations appelées à disputer la CEV Volleyball Champions League.

L’article est rédigé en anglais et a pour objectif de mieux faire connaître Hélène Rousseaux au public européen. Il retrace ses tribulations dans les différents clubs qu’elle a connus depuis qu’elle a quitté, en 2009 quand elle n’avait pas encore 18 ans, notre pays pour aller alors jouer en Suisse, dans le club de Volero Zurich qui est aujourd’hui un des tout grands clubs mondiaux du volley-ball féminin.

L’an dernier, elle était en Turquie avec Lise Van Hecke et ce fut là, dans ce pays où se trouvent la plupart des grandes stars mondiales, connut sa plus mauvaise expérience car le club de Besiktas, où elles jouaient toutes deux, rencontra de grosses difficultés financières et il en résulta pour nos deux compatriotes un sérieux manque à gagner.

Besiktas

Aujourd’hui, elle se trouve très bien en Pologne où, dirigée par Lorenzo Micelli, elle contribue pour beaucoup dans les succès remportés par son équipe de Rzeszow depuis le début de la saison. Tout va donc pour le mieux pour Hélène, appelée Eli par ses connaissances amies, même si, comme l’article nous le révèle, Modène occupe toujours la première place dans le classement des villes et lieux qu’elle affectionne le plus.

Il est dommage que le journaliste qui a interrogé Hélène ne lui ait pas demandé ce qu’elle pensait de son avenir dans l’équipe de Yellow Tigers et de ses relations avec le staff de notre équipe nationale féminine. On aurait aimé savoir si, pour elle et pour nous, il y avait encore une chance de la voir à nouveau faire partie de notre équipe représentative. Et de renforcer celle-ci par la même occasion….

Hélène Rousseaux

There is no denying that Hélène Rousseaux is one of the best players in this season’s roster of Developres SkyRes RZESZOW, the Polish team that earlier this season crowned with success their historic debut in the CEV Volleyball Champions League. However, apart from her impressive Volleyball skills, there are a few more things you should definitely know about this talentedgirl.

So, let’s start from the beginning. Hélène was born on September 25, 1991. She grew up in a very sportive family – both her parents played Volleyball, as does her brother Tomas, who this season is playing in Poland as well.

Before choosing Volleyball, she was involved in some other sports, but finally she decided to follow the example of family, and decided to go all for Volleyball. “My parents let me choose what I wanted to, but from the time I started, I already knew that Volleyball was what I wanted to do for a living,”

Hélène started her professional career in 2008 in Vilvoorde. She played there only for one year and after that, she decided to move to Switzerland and play for Volero ZÜRICH, where she spent two years. The next destinations were in Poland – where she joined the ranks of Budowlani LODZ and Bank BPS Fakro MUSZYNA. In 2013 she decided to go to Italy, joining her brother Tomas there.

“There was a time when we both played in Italy – he was in Monza and I was in Busto, and it was really cool. We were spending a lot of time together, we have a very good relationship,” she says.


Hélène et son frère Tomas qui, comme elle, joue également cette année en Pologne            ——————————————————————————————————————————–

After spending three years in Italy, Hélène decided to move to Turkey, and she openly acknowledges why she did so. “It was because of their financial offer. However, my Turkish club suffered some financial problems, so I had to move again. Let’s be clear – Volleyball is my passion, but at the same time it’s my job, so I could not stay in a place where I didn’t get my money.”

Rousseaux received an offer from Developres SkyRes, and after speaking to the coach, she decided to return to Poland. As she admitted, working with Lorenzo Micelli was the main reason why she signed with Developres. “Lorenzo explained to me his vision of the team, what my role would be. And I thought that athletically this would be the best option for me to come and play in a team where the coach is good, as well as the organisation, and I am very happy with my decision,” she continues. “What is more, ‘Eli’ as she is nicknamed by her friends, had an easy comeback – mainly because she has a very strong group of friends in Poland, including Volleyball players Kaja Grobelna and Dominika Sobolska.

Having so much experience, Rousseaux is a very self-confident player. She knows her worth on the court; that is why she is a lot calmer. “I remember myself when I left my country for the first time, I was 17, and I see myself now as a totally different person. And there is no other explanation for that than experience. I have seen a lot of good things, bad things and I learned to expect more than it mayhappen.”

Hélène is a very friendly, open person. She has a big heart for the people who are close to her, like family and friends – she portrays herself as a very loving person who will do everything for the people she loves. Her place in Belgium is never empty – almost every day she spends there time with friends, making barbecues or simply having a great time together. “I am not a very calm, peaceful woman. I always want to do something, explore new things and places – I especially love travelling!”

There is no denying that everyone who has ever looked down through her Instagram can be sure that her biggest love is Italy. She is especially in love with Modena, and with the people there. She has a lot of friends in Italy and she definitely feels that it is like a second home to her.

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