She has the ardor of her youth. At 40, Audrey Prieto Rodrigues agreed in 2018 to be the very first woman to lead the Union Sportive Métropolitaine des Transports called the US Metro, one of the most active clubs in the 20th century. But he must find new springs to continue his formidable adventure. “Traditionally, we live thanks to the subsidies allocated by the RATP works council. Without this centralized EC, we expect to lose thousands and thousands of euros, ”says the ex-wrestler.
Without a new mode of operation, the sustainability of the club is at stake. “We would like to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2028 but it is not guaranteed,” she continues. Now, I am a fighter and I will do everything to invent a future for this club that deserves it. A model that revolves around sport without forgetting the business. It’s a nice challenge. “
Arriving at the US Metro in 2006, the wrestler has found an ideal place to flourish as a high-level athlete. “By signing, I got a job as a security officer,” said the 2007 world champion. Here, we are first considered as RATP agents. You have to work at least three and a half months a year. It allowed me not only to be in my sports bubble. “
Best club in France in 1934
Founded in 1928, the US Metro is located in Antony, at the Croix de Berny (Hauts-de-Seine). From the start, the club experienced a meteoric rise and was awarded the title of best club in France by the newspaper L’Auto in 1934. In 90 years of existence, it has 91 athletes selected for the Olympic Games and 42 world champions. .
“RATP has always done everything to ensure that the club can work in good conditions,” explains Audrey Prieto Rodrigues. This explains why we have almost always had metropolitans at all the Olympics since our creation. “
Team sports have always been important there. The club thus joined forces with big names like the Racing Club de France in rugby, in 2001. The Racing Métro 92 became French Pro D2 champion before taking the leading roles in the Top 14. A story that s ‘was completed in 2015.
A member named Georges Moustaki
Among this large family, there are personalities, such as Georges Moustaki. Member of the table tennis section from 1987, the singer spent fifteen years there. His presence proves that the club has opened up to the outside world. In 1994, Daniel Descamps became the first president to come out of the labor movement.
In other words, a club like no other. “He accompanies you all your life, assures the president. We walk in as a kid and then find our work. Recently, we lost one of our historic members, Guy Bouillon, who died at 93. He came to us very young. He was part of the family. It is this intergenerational bond that is our strength. “
Foundation: 11 mars 1928.
President: Audrey Prieto Rodrigues.
Sections : 36.
Licensees: 4 000.
Seat : 10, avenue Raymond-Aron, in Antony (92).
Installations : Croix-de-Berny stadium in Anthony, nautical base in Joinville-le-Pont (94), equestrian center in Maisons-Laffitte (78), dojo in Paris 12th century, wrestling hall in Pantin (93), shooting area at the arc in Paris XIIIth, table tennis hall in Paris XIth, Poissonniers gymnasium in Paris XVIIIth, French boxing hall in Lilas (93), bowling in Thiais (94), diving in Bagneux (92).
Awards: 20 Olympic medals. Among them: the first with Charles Kouos in wrestling (bronze) in 1948, that of Steeve Guénot in wrestling (gold) in 2008, and the last with Christophe Guénot in wrestling (bronze) in 2008.
40 world champions including Edouard Artigas (epee, 1948), Henri Caron (march, 1950), Renée Garilhe (foil, 1950), Simone and René Gavinet (canoe, 1953), Audrey Prieto Rodrigues (wrestling, 2007).