"Experience plays a key role in fencing": Aliya Luty, fencer

Tales of sport: a series of testimonies in which EDHEC students – high-level athletes or those engaged in competitive sport – share their passion for their respective sports. They also tell us how their sports activity combines with their studies.

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3 Jul 2024

A second-year student at EDHEC International BBA Online, Aliya Luty has been taking part in fencing competitions since the age of 7. She is a three-time world champion in the under-twenties. In this interview, she talks about her daily life as a top-level sportswoman, divided between training and international tournaments.


"I started fencing at the Grenoble club at the age of seven. I practice epee, one of the three weapons of fencing, along with foil and sabre. 

When I was 15, I joined the Pôle France Jeunes at the Centre de ressources, d'expertise et de performance sportives (CREPS) in Bordeaux. I stayed there for three years. During that time, I won several medals at the European and World Under-20 Championships. These victories opened the doors to the Institut national du sport, de l'expertise et de la performance (INSEP). At this institute, we are a group of seven women epeeists. Every day, we have two training sessions, based around fencing lessons, strength training and mental preparation.  

Fencing is a confrontational sport. My energetic temperament is reflected on the piste, where you have to hit your opponent with your sword without being hit. I also like the solemnity of the clothes worn in the fencing room or at tournaments. Our outfit consists of a suit and a mask that conceals our identity. 

Fencing is a long-term activity. Epeeists often achieve their best results around the age of 30. Experience plays a vital role in this sport. "

Aliya Luty divides her time between training at INSEP and her studies:

"Currently in my second year of the BBA, I work mornings and evenings, before and after my training sessions. Distance learning gives me a flexible schedule. Every year, I take part in eight international competitions, some of which are held in China, Colombia and Canada. I've always been committed to my studies. They're like a bubble of air. They also provide me with an academic background when the time comes for me to retire from sporting life."


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Giving the best of yourself: Éva Bohnenstengel, French parasport 1,500 metres indoor champion

High-altitude sensations: Chiara Pogneaux, French slalom champion

Committed to a sport and a student association: Alexandre Marchegay, Director of the Raid EDHEC trail run

Harnessing the experience of others: Océane Sercien-Ugolin, international handballer

Cultivating team spirit: Loris Zammaretti, rugby player

Developing a taste for effort: Philémon Rouault, ice hockey player

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