Vive la LYIT!

French flair on the Ulster Premier Cup Basketball winning team.

In April 2009, LYIT won the Ulster Premier Cup Basketball in the first year they entered and it probably didn’t do any harm having a 6’4” Frenchman on side.

Guillaume 2.jpgGuillaume Detraz (22) is a graduate of Business Management from LYIT.  He was a student of the Institute of Technology, IUT Annecy, in the Alps region in France, and came to LYIT initially as part of the Erasmus programme which encourages mobility between European third level institutions.  LYIT has been part of the Erasmus programme for over ten years.  Every year over 100 students from all over Europe enrol at LYIT, and LYIT students from the International Business and Languages course study in colleges in France, Germany and Spain.

A keen basketball player in the national league in France, Guillaume joined the basketball team straight away when he arrived at LYIT, “I love playing the game, plus it was a good way to meet Irish students and practice my English.  The team here are a great bunch of guys and I think they really helped me to settle in.”  Guillaume was also nominated MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the Northern Ireland Basketball Ulster Finals.

“I wanted to go a country where I could obtain a degree so Ireland was my first choice and LYIT had the course in Management which I wanted to study,” explains Guillaume.  “I was  very impressed by the facilities in LYIT, including the gym, they were much more modern than at my college in France.  Other differences included the approach to teaching, “The way the lecturers teach here is much more interactive and they are very approachable.  It’s more formal in France.  I felt the business programme was at a much higher level which is one of the reasons why I decided to stay another year.”

Guillaume is now studying for an Honours degree at LYIT - a big commitment since he no longer gets the Erasmus grant and Irish fees are a lot higher than French fees.  The other big reason he stayed was l’amour, he’s going out with local lady Aoibhinn for over a year.

He says, “I was very lucky.  I feel like I learned an awful lot more in Ireland.  The beaches and scenery in Donegal are great and the craic is good too.  I’ve already recommended LYIT to other French students.”

Guillaume is currently looking to study further next year but for now, he’s job hunting. “It has been a wonderful journey for me and it’s not over yet.  I love it here.  The only thing hard to get used to is the rain,” he grins. 

The LYIT Basketball team are on fire at the moment, beating Lisburn 79-72 recently and they will play Belfast’s top team Star of the Sea this week, so fingers crossed they continue their winning streak.

Allez, LYIT, allez!

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LYIT Basketball Team win Ulster Premier Cup.
L-R: The winning team, Aidan Wilkinson, Moe Ismail, Conor McGoohan, Steve Cannon, Ger Murray, Guillaume Detraz, Padraig Barrett, Seamus Hickey, Mark Cannon, Conor Boyle, Dave Bradley, and Coach Paul O Sullivan.

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT


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