Training place: Judo Canada National Training Centre at INS-Québec in Montreal
National Team Coach: Sasha Mehmedovic
2013- Junior World Championships – Silver medallist (57 kg)
2014- Junior World Championships – Bronze medallist (57 kg)
2014- Grand Slam Tyumen – Gold medallist (57 kg)
2015- World Championships – 5th place (57 kg)
When Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard was a child, her sister played soccer and her brother practised another martial art, but Catherine wanted a sport of her own. One day in class, she read something about Nicolas Gill and his passion for judo and that’s all it took for her to know she had found what she was looking for. That’s how, at the age of nine, she started her life on the tatami.
She was inspired first by Isabel Latulippe, an athlete from her own club, and then by the Olympic performances of Nicolas Gill, Marie-Hélène Chisholm, and Antoine Valois-Fortier.
Catherine’s result includes a Junior World Championship silver medal in 2013, followed by a bronze in 2014. She is the only Canadian two-time Junior World medallist.
In the summer of 2014, she won gold medals in three different competitions in a row: Pan American World Cup in San Salvador, Grand Prix in Mongolia and Grand Slam in Russia.
In 2015, she finished fifth at the World Championships, equalizing the best female performance in Canadian judo history at the time.
Catherine qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, her great results leading to the games lead her to be ranked top 8 in the world in 2016, which ensured her a seed at the event.
After the 2017 World Championships, Catherine moved up a weight class to 63 kg.
Her next goal is to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in her new category.
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard completed a visual arts degree from Cégep Édouard-Montpetit and is currently pursuing her studies in accounting at the University du Québec in Montreal.
Catherine is passionate about food and is an excellent cook.
She makes lists for everything and is very organized.
Nickname: Cath BP
Favourite food: Macaroni
Favourite TV show: District 31
Good luck charm: She doesn’t believe in that
Guilty pleasure: Good restaurant and shopping
Hidden talents: Art
Proudest accomplishment: When she conclusively won tree tournament in a row of the IJF world tour in the summer of 2014: World Cup in San Salvador, Grand Prix in Mongolia and Grand Slam in Russia
Favourite sports team: She is not really a fan of sports teams