Arriving in Roubaix in 1988 to rejoin her father, Maria is 1.62m tall and weighs 50 kg. A teacher of hers detected her aptitude for Track and Field and directed her towards athletics. She first ran for club Lille UC up to 1993, then at the Athletic Club de Villeneuve-d'Ascq (fr) (ACVA) before stopping training at the end of 1995 to have a baby. She restarted training in 1999 encouraged by her coach at Club Villeneuve and then she ran for club US Tourcoing (which became club Lille Métropole Athlétisme (fr) in 2006). She has been selected 24 times for French elite Track teams..