Sasha was born in Pancevo, Serbia, and came to Canada in 1993, when he was eight years old. He got into judo by following the footsteps of his father, a judoka who for years was Sasha’s greatest mentor.
A fan of contact sports and martial arts, Sasha chose to dedicate himself to judo as a way to pursue his Olympic dream. In his ten years on the national team, he represented Canada in the Olympic Games twice, in the 2008 Beijing Games and in the 2012 London Games. His greatest accomplishment as an athlete was a seventh place in the World Championships in 2007. Throughout his career, he won several medals in World Cups and Grand Prix competitions.
In September 2013, soon after retiring from competing, Sasha joined the Junior national team as a coach. He is now assistant coach to the national women’s team.
When he is off the tatami, Sasha likes watching movies and spending time with his dog. The Montreal resident recently graduated in education studies from Concordia University.
Montréal, April 21, 2013 — The Canadian men’s judo squad beat the American team in the semi-finals to reach the gold medal match at the Pan-American Judo Championships, Sunday, in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the grand finale, the Canadians succumbed to the Brazilians, who took home top honours. To reach the finals, big performances... Read the rest of “Canadian men win silver in San Jose”.
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Montréal, April 21, 2013 – In his first ever Pan-American Judo Championships at the senior level, Quebecer Patrick Gagné came away with a silver medal in the under 66 kg class, Saturday night, in San Jose, Costa Rica. “I came in with the goal of winning a medal today, Gagné mentioned. The table really opened... Read the rest of “Pan-American Championships : Patrick Gagné strikes for silver medal”.
Canadians claim six medals on opening day Montréal, April 19, 2013 – Ontarian Kelita Zupancic took home top honours, Friday night, at the Pan-American Championships taking place in San Jose, Costa Rica. Participating in the under 70 kg category, the 22-year-old athlete led the Canadian contingent, which amassed six medals on the first day of... Read the rest of “Kelita Zupancic crowned Pan-American Champion”.
April 15, 2013 – Judo Canada is proud to announce the athletes selected for the 2013 World Championships, which will take place from August 26-31, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hommes Standard Femmes Standard M-60kg Pessoa Sergio B F-57kg Melancon Joliane A M-66kg Gagné Patrick A F-57kg Tremblay Stefanie... Read the rest of “2013 World Championship Selection-TEAM CANADA”.
March 15, 2013 – Judo Canada is proud to announce the athletes’ selected for the 2013 Pan-American Championships, which will take place on April 18-21, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. Men Women 55 Benjamin Daviau 60 Nicolas DiBartolo 48 Jessica Klimkait 66 Patrick Gagné... Read the rest of “2013 Pan-Am Championships-TEAM CANADA”.
- Birth date
- March 18th, 1985
- Toronto, Ontario
- Montréal, Québec
- Training place
- Centre National d’Entraînement, Shidokan, Montréal
- Personal trainers
- National team trainers