Success Stories 12 Nov 2019
2019 has been a whirlwind year for PCF's newest marketing and communications intern, Solenn Danger.
Solenn follows in the footsteps of her fellow classmates who have come through to PCF from the EGC Business School in Noumea, New Caledonia. Although most of her peers have limited knowledge of the Pacific, Solenn has travelled far and wide across the region due to her sporting talents.
Born in New Caledonia to a family of five, Solenn also has familial roots in Normandie and Bretagne, France where her father is from.
"My dad lived his whole life in France, right up until he joined the military," Solenn explains.
"The military headed to New Caledonia for a mission and it was there where my dad met my mum and not long after he decided to leave France and start a new life in New Caledonia."
"Mum now works as a primary school teacher and dad is the CEO of his own solar water company."
With an older sister who is on her way to becoming a doctor and an older brother studying environmental engineering in Paris, Solenn has her sights on the fashion industry and hopes she'll be able to travel for work, something she is already able to do in her capacity as a table tennis athlete.
"I have been playing table tennis since I was seven years old, and thanks to it I've had the opportunity to travel the world for international tournaments and meet new people and discover new cultures." she says.
"I've participated in two Pacific Games, my first games was in 2015 held in Papua New Guinea and my second games was this year in Samoa."
At the Samoa Pacific Games, Solenn was placed third with Fiji coming in second and Vanuatu in first place. Although a bronze medal is a remarkable feat, Solenn is determined to come away with gold at the next Pacific Games and make her home country proud.
With the games now behind her, Solenn plans on finishing off the year on a high and feels that her internship with PCF will provide her with a valuable experience that she will add to her growing list of achievements.
Image: Solenn (standing far right) representing New Caledonia in Table Tennis at the XVI Pacific Games held in Samoa. She was placed third in the Women's Singles division. Source: ITTF Oceania via Facebook
Video: Solenn in action at the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Oceania Cup.