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Keeping Up With Réjane

Aug. 6, 2013


Every Tuesday this summer, we will hear from a different Lady Rebel as she catches up readers with an account of how their summer is going, an update on their workouts and their goal for the upcoming season. This 10th installment is provided by sophomore forward Réjane Vérin.

Tuesday, August 6

With its coconut trees, turquoise lagoon, and green hills, there is no doubt that Guadeloupe is the best destination to be during the summer. My main priority during the summer time is to spend as much time as I can with my family. Even though I have lived in the United State for five years now, not being able to see them for ten months at a time is still very difficult – so going back home when I can is a must. It permits me to get some fresh air and "reload my batteries" for the upcoming year.

My days in Guadeloupe are pretty much the same. After a great breakfast with homemade jelly and local fresh fruits such as sugar canes, guava, and mango, I go workout with my good friends. I dedicate my mornings for conditioning and basketball drills. Although all we do is work on my weaknesses, like my ball handling.  Either way, it is very fun to play and workout with the boys.



After a good workout, I like to hang out with my family and close friends. Most of the time we go to the beach. There, we relax, laugh, and swim in the Caribbean Sea. I also like to go to the river after a workout; the water is so cold, reminds me of what it feels like to get an ice bath after our games last season.

While I am at home, I take the opportunity to visit sites that are part of my cultural heritage. Each year, I learn something new about my island because many events have marked the development of Guadeloupe. The history of Guadeloupe is very dense and rich, and I am very proud of my culture. The most famous fortification of Guadeloupe, "Fort-Fleur D'épée". It was captured by the British then retaken by a French battalion under Victor Hugues which expelled the British from Guadeloupe on 3 June 1794.  If given the opportunity, I would love to give my coaches and teammates a tour of where I am from and the neighboring islands: Anguilla, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago.  Maybe… preseason tournament in 2015-’16?  Coach KO, can we make that happen?


Two weeks ago, I had the chance to see one of my favorite basketball coaches. Phillip, my first coach, is the one who taught me how to shoot, post-up, and have confidence in myself. Because of the time difference between Las Vegas and France, we don't talk often anymore, but whenever I see him, we always have great conversations.

I enjoyed my first year in college. As a student-athlete, I think I did well managing academics and basketball.  College is a unique experience and I'm happy to be a part of the UNLV family.  I believe next year is our year. With everyone back and healthy, we are in good position to have a fantastic season and win the Mountain West conference. I can't wait.

June 4: Mia Bell

June 11: Friederike Moderegger
June 18: Danielle Miller
June 25: Jehiah Cook
July 2: Aley Rohde
July 9: Amie Callaway
July 16: Amanda Anderson

July 23: Rmanii Haynes
July 30: Alana Cesarz



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