4 questions to Marin Garrigues
The world champion and 110 and 60m hs record holder M45 on the Marseille International Track and Field meeting for All
Q : Marin Garrigues, unveils for our readers your awards …
A : I have a somewhat unusual track record in athletics, I started with road racing (10 km, marathons and semi marathons), then gradually I came to the sprints and the hurdles and I became one of the best regional athletes and I went regularly to the France championships. I was ranked around the 20th place in France in the 110m hs. Another characteristic, I trained very little and I continue to train very little which explains maybe my longevity. Finally I’ve never had a coach. Training for me is a personal discovery and a permanent questioning, I do not imagine delegating these questions to a coach.
All that to say that my athletic practice does not summarize evidently to a list of awards, it is initially a quest for knowledge, of myself and of the others: of myself in situations of learning, confrontation, emulation; of myself in extreme situations as competition is an extreme situation, mobilizing resources that are not normally used; of myself during a continuously moving project, as learning is a long-term endeavor. The awards take on a meaning precisely when the questions of performance, of decline and of the meaning one gives to its practice become major: my level was average when I was younger but as a Master it becomes “exceptional”. Yet I am the same person, and I run less quickly than before… strange isn’t it? What was the question? Ah yes, the record: world champion M45 in 2012, 5 times European champion and 11 times France national champion. European record holder M45 of the 60m et 110m hs.
I must say that the records are what I am most sensitive to, because a record means that to this day nobody in the world has done better than you, but, at the same time, the simple fact of saying it, of recording it (it’s the meaning of the word “record”), means that the record has to be superseded sooner or later. I like this paradox, breaking a record makes this new record ephemeral…
Q : World champion … and member of MUST, an association where performances are not at the center! How is it possible?
A : I do not know, I pass 🙂
How? You really want an answer?
Ok, let’s say that being a world champion is not a performance or that you’re wrong and that at MUST the performances are in fact at the center … 🙂 Or that all this is not related… the important thing is to have people who help you and that you can help. This may be because on Thursday night you do your training session with a group rather than alone, or because on Tuesday someone asks you for tips on how to get better in the long jump. A conviviality which for me takes the meaning of solidarity. And in my sport, my investment, I need that meaning to continue.
Q : What does the “International Track and Field Meeting for All” means for you?
A : It means a lot!!! First of all because it will take place at Delort stadium and I almost started track and field in this stadium a long time ago. Then because it’s in Marseille and I’m from Marseille. Then because the club that helps the organization is the SCO Sainte Marguerite and that was my first club. And finally, because participating in an event like this meeting, which exists by the desire and the will of MUST, I find it extraordinary! It proves to all that people act, that citizens are involved in making this city alive. This event is a proof that each one, according to his desires, his skills, his commitments, can “make”, can realize social bonds, cohesion …. It goes far beyond the framework of athletics and sport.
Q : How does an athlete, and what an athlete!, heterosexual fit in in a sports association LGBT-friendly like MUST?
A : Thinking about this question, it comes to me the image of the struggles for civil rights of the blacks in the United States …. If I had been a white in those years in the USA what would I have done?
I cannot answer the question because I was not there. But today, here and now, I can act against discrimination, modestly, at my low level, showing by my commitment to MUST that there is no place for discrimination … neither based on sex nor on religion, on the color of your skin nor on sexual orientation … Each of us creates the world around us, so we are responsible for the universe in which we evolve. Some people, courageous, have created this structure, MUST, with this idea of fighting discrimination. It is up to all of us, all those who defend these values, to support it. This is the meaning of my commitment.