When Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard was a child, her sister played soccer and her brother practiced another martial art, but Catherine wanted a sport of her own. One day in class, she read a text about Nicolas Gill and how he was bitten by the judo bug. That was all it took for her to know she had found the perfect sport. That’s how, at the age of nine, she started her life on the tatami.
Inspired first by an athlete from her own club, Isabel Latulippe, and then by the Olympic performances of Nicolas Gill, Marie- Hélène Chisholm, and Antoine Valois-Fortier, she is now gearing up to step on the mat at the world’s most important international competition, in Rio this summer, where she hopes to deliver a solid performance.
This objective is perfectly aligned with Catherine’s results so far, which include a Junior World Championships silver medal in 2013, followed by a bronze in 2014. She also came very close to making the podium in her third World Seniors experience, in 2015, but ended up coming in fifth place. Catherine, current PanAm vice-champion, is particularly proud of her performance in the summer of 2014, when she won gold medals in three different competitions: the Pan-American in San Salvador, the Oulan-Bator Grand Prix in Mongolia, and the Grand Slam in Tyumen, Russia.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard recently completed a visual arts degree from Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, and will be pursuing a university education in management this coming fall.
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