TROIS-RIVIÈRES — This is a great year for judo in the Mauricie region and, unsurprisingly, this carries on the quality of the regional delegation, which is preparing to participate at the canadian open Championships in Calgary.
In addition to Alix Renaud-Roy and Olivier Gobeil St-Amand, who train at the national centre in Montreal, Justin Tremblay, Nicolas Grandchamp, Mélyssa Cloutier, William Gaudet, Éliot Beaulac, Jacob Landry and Philippe Pharand, all of the club Seikidokan of Three-Rivers, obtained their qualification for the appointment alberta.
To this group add Raphael Burned, Ghishintaido of Shawinigan, and Jasmine Bélanger, an athlete originally from La Pocatière, who, like Renaud-Roy a few years ago, moved in Mauricie, in order to pursue its development.
So these are 11 judokas who took the plane in sight of this classic annual, which could have resulted in the Saguenay, had been a controversy between Judo Canada and Judo Quebec. It’s been a few years that the championship has been held in Western canada and a little break from travel would have been well received by the head coach François Noël, who will not complain, however, of accompany so much hope!
Among the contenders, Alix Renaud-Roy aims certainly the tops. In the absence of Kilita Zupancic, ranked first in its category in the country, the Montreal-based adoption of big referred. About Gobeil St-Amand, he must re-establish its technical level, ” notes his coach. “We need to change the routine of combat in his case. Olivier has sometimes difficulty to adapt, and it often has more success on the international scene than here in Canada! We hope a good result.”
Christmas packs in speaking of Justin smith, is intractable since the beginning of the year with podiums in each of its competitions at least 18 years of age. It will also be the tournament of the next U21.
The championship to Calgary could prove to be an interesting test for some of them, so that an international competition is scheduled in Montreal on June 30 and July 1.