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Souvré Receives French Honour

30 June 2005

FIBA Europe Properties Managing Director Yannick Souvré has been awarded the prestigious Légion D'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac.

The ceremony took place at the Elysee Palace on Monday 27th June 2005 where a total of 12 people received the award.

Souvré joined FIBA Europe Properties, FIBA Europe's commercial arm, in 2003 following a glittering playing career.

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Yannick Souvrè (left) along with actress Kristin Scott Thomas (far right)
She began her career in 1985 in Mirande and went on to win 8 French titles with Mirande and Bourges. She joined Bourges in 1993 and captained the side from 1996 until her retirement in 2003. As well as the 6 national championships she won with Bourges, she also led them to the EuroLeague Women final four on 5, winning 3 titles.

On the international stage, Souvré represented France 251 times, captaining the side to gold at the 2001 European Championship for Women. She also won silver in 1993 and 1999, as well as playing at 2 World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games.

Souvré was selected for the Legion d'Honneur thanks to her services to, and achievements in women's basketball.

"I found out 1 year ago about the Legion d'Honneur, but I don't know who nominated me as it is a secret" Souvré said.

"I spoke with the French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour (a former Olympic medallist in fencing) and he told me that there was a chance the President could present the Legion d'Honneur to me. So I told him I would wait and 1 year later I got the chance to go to Paris.

"I'm really proud to get this award," she added.

"But I don't see it as something personal, I see it as an award which represents all the people who allowed me to play basketball, and allowed me to be successful."

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