Sport Torcy: Cindy Gunther defends Île-de-France at the French Florists' Cup

23:05  01 october  2020
23:05  01 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Torcy, vendredi 25 septembre 2020. Fleuriste depuis plus de dix ans, Cindy Gunther sera la seule représentante francilienne lors de la finale nationale de la Coupe de France. © LP / Alexandre Métivier Torcy, Friday September 25, 2020. Florist for more than ten years, Cindy Gunther will be the only Ile-de-France representative during of the national final of the Coupe de France.

Cindy Gunther goes to Tours (Indre-et-Loire) to win. And nothing else. "We do not remember the second," says this resident of Torcy, the only representative of the region during the final of the French Florists' Cup, organized during the Novafleur show this weekend (from October 2 to 5 ).

From Friday afternoon to Monday morning, they are seven to compete in nine events and twenty-seven hours of competition! A marathon that this Torcéenne prepared day and night despite a back pain, until the last moment and her departure Thursday for Indre-et-Loire.

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competition “You have to put yourself in your bubble, give your all for four days and be daring, show your technicality, your creativity, your sensitivity and your know-how. And do not forget the commercial side of the flower which is intended to be sold ”, she lists while cutting the end of a few stems of white roses before placing them in a block of foam to form a bouquet, completed with Mexican orange blossoms and faux tillandsia, all arranged in hardened, white stained mulberry leaves.

Torcy, vendredi 25 septembre 2020. LP/Alexandre Métivier © Provided by Le Parisien Torcy, Friday, September 25, 2020. LP / Alexandre Métivier

This creation will not be used for the competition, but on the floor below, the large free structure that opens the competition has focused Cindy's attention Gunther until the last moment. “The theme is marriage and love across the centuries. And that's all I can reveal, ”smiles the one who spent ten years in the army.

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From the Army to Flowers

“I studied chemistry, it didn't go the way I wanted and I had this opportunity. I joined in January 2000 until the end of 2009. After the Navy, I worked for the Army. I was in communications, I found a job that I liked, I traveled a lot, to Kuwait or Afghanistan for example, ”adds this Lorraine by birth, who arrived in Île-de-France in 2004 and has since settled in Torcy. three years.

She has always been drawn to flowers. “I used it as an outlet when I came back from surgery. It became a passion later. What I like is to divert materials, to use the flower as a means of expression, to tell something, ”she adds.

Self-employed, she works with professionals as well as individuals. And often chooses to personalize its products. “For an IT company that wants a bouquet at the reception, I'll use an old central unit and pass the flowers inside. The customer has to have something of their own, ”adds Cindy Gunther. This summer, she set up her online store on a site that bears her name. She works with natural, artificial or stabilized flowers for weddings, burials or retirements.

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"An opportunity to make herself known quickly"

After putting away her military uniform in 2009, she took a florist CAP and then a professional certificate. First self-entrepreneur, in 2012 she bought a business in Paris, between Invalides and Ecole Militaire - "it was a nod to my previous career", she smiles - but the experience comes to nothing.

Sold as a flourishing business, the business turned into a galley with an estimated grossly overestimated turnover. “A trial would have cost me a lot of time and money. I liquidated the company in 2016 and became a self-entrepreneur again. I live above my studio in this Torcy residence where there are plastic artists, gilders, painters, stained glass artists, ”she continues.

After two attempts in 2013 and 2015, where she won the bronze medal in the regional final, Cindy Gunther qualified for the national final for the first time last March, just before confinement. “It was a pride to have the gold medal, it was the only way to qualify. As I work alone, the competitions are an opportunity to gauge myself, to question myself, to review my techniques. I had done one in 2009 with only three months of experience. It had taught me a lot, ”adds the one who invests 5,000 euros in the national final of this weekend alone.

“It's a big investment. I am helped by clients, entrepreneurs in the sector who lend me equipment. I'll have to go see my banker too (smile). But this Coupe de France is an opportunity to make myself known very quickly. Even more if she wins next Monday.

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