- 16 May 2013
- Athlete Stories
A taste for competition and a passion for sailing inspired Vincent Garos (born on 1 June 1982) to achieve an elite standard in the dual 470 class. He became a member of the French National Team from 2007 to 2012, and after finishing second in the World Championships in Barcelona in 2012, he achieved a creditable seventh position at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Whilst reaching the pinnacle of his sport, Vincent always had an ambition for a business career. Without losing focus on his sailing career he was able to demonstrate a high level of dedication and adaptability to other activities. Whilst training and competing, Vincent completed a BA in Material Sciences and Engineering, worked part time in the technical sales department of an industrial company and fulfilled a one-year contract in the Navy.
When he decided to retire from elite sport after the London 2012 Olympic Games, Vincent’s openness to ideas and advice from others encouraged him to participate in the ACP. After several meetings with his ACP career coach and a professional assessment of his transferable skills, Vincent was able to sharpen his career goals and embark upon a business role in the sports sector: “I had very frank exchanges with the ACP career coach and, together, we mapped out a way ahead through practical and productive advice. I urge any top-level athlete - even those still fully focused on sport - to get in touch with the ACP early, as it will help get you ahead in the race to secure a future after sport.”