Antoine Bouchard had a thought for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the Judo Club Jonquière Tuesday morning during the official presentation of Canadian judokas will participate in the Olympic Games, from August 6 to 12, in Rio.
“For me, being an Olympian is a great honor because I represent the Saguenay region, said jonquiérois judoka. This is something important. Few athletes in my area go to the Summer Olympics. I’m really proud of it (qualify) and proud to represent my club (Jonquière). I am only the second athlete to my club to go to the Olympics (the first was Jean-Pierre Cantin). ”
On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Judo Canada confirmed the identity of the eight athletes who will defend the Canadian colors at the 2016 Olympics Those judokas earned their place in the national team after two years of effort during which they participated in many competitions to earn world ranking points. All male Canadian judokas achieved a place among the top 22 in their respective categories. For their part, women ranked in the top 14 or met the performance requirements at the continental level.
Antoine Bouchard earned his place in Rio in early May. If the road has been long and difficult, the Jonquiérois is particularly proud of its victory in the 2015 Pan American Championships in Edmonton. This strong performance had given him many points in the standings and had fairly close to a goal he had in mind for a long time.
“Practically since I started, my goal was to qualify one day for the Olympics, said Antoine Bouchard. It’s done and I’m really happy to say that I am an Olympian.
“I am also proud of the overall performance I successful during the qualification. I was 19 when qualification began. Even at this age, I managed to get good performance in the World Cup and Grand Prix. I started young and I still got good results throughout the process. ”
Bouchard, who has just completed a stay of about a month and a half in Europe and South America to competitions and training camps, take some quiet days before starting a final preparatory camp which will run three weeks. He will then fly to Brazil.
“In Rio, I wish ” performer ” really as I am able to do, said Antoine Bouchard. I want to give the maximum and have no mental limits. I am willing to fight. Go get a medal, that would be the ultimate goal. ”