Canadian judo team nominated for Rio 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Judo Athletes

On Tuesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Judo Canada named the eight athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in judo at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The eight athletes named to the team are Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (-57kg), Antoine Bouchard (-60kg), Ecaterina Guica (-52kg), Arthur Margelidon (-73kg), Sergio Pessoa Jr (-60kg), Kyle Reyes (-100kg), Antoine Valois-Fortier (-81kg) and Kelita Zupancic (-70kg). They will be led by national team head coach and two-time Olympic medallist Nicolas Gill, women’s assistant coach, Sasha Mehmedovic and men’s assistant coach, Michel Almeida.

These eight athletes qualified for Rio 2016 after two years of hard work that saw them travel the globe to compete in numerous events and accumulate world ranking points with their outstanding performances. The men all placed within the top-22 in their respective weight classes while the women were all in the top-14 or filled required continental representation. 

The Olympic judo events will take place from August 6 to 12 at the Carioca Arena 2.

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of more than 315 athletes.

Judo Canada is the national governing body for the sport of judo in Canada. It has overall authority to provide leadership in promotion and development as well as govern all aspects of Judo in Canada and to select and prepare Canadian teams for international competition.

The judo team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:

Athletes:
Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, Saint-Hubert, QC, -57kg
Antoine Bouchard, Jonquière, QC, -66kg
Ecaterina Guica, La Prairie, QC, -52kg
Arthur Margelidon, Montréal, QC, -73kg
Sergio Pessoa, Montréal, QC, -60kg
Kyle Reyes, Toronto, ON, -100kg
Antoine Valois-Fortier, Québec City, QC, -81kg
Kelita Zupancic, Whitby, ON, -70kg

Coaches:
Assistant Coach, Men’s Team - Michel Almeida, Montréal, QC
National Head Coach - Nicolas Gill. Montréal, QC
Assistant Coach, Women’s Team - Sasha Mehmedovic, Montréal, QC

Prior to being named to the final Canadian Rio 2016 Team, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Federations.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

News Category: 

Latest News

  • Ontario Athletes Bring Home 212 Medals
    August 15, 2017
    Ontario athletes topped the medal standings at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, bringing home 212 medals and making fans across the province proud. Team Ontario’s athletes are returning home with 87 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze medals, including...
  • International Paralympic Committee VISTA 2017 Conference Volunteer Call-Out
    August 14, 2017
    Do you have a passion for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine? For volunteering? Have you ever dreamed of taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and representing your hometown? Well look no further! About VISTA 2017 Toronto, Ontario...
  • RBC Training Ground seeks podium potential athletes in Ontario
    July 31, 2017
    TORONTO (July 31, 2017) - This Fall, four RBC Training Ground Local Qualifiers are set to take place across Ontario, culminating with a Regional Final in Toronto this October in the hopes of finding new Olympic talent. Canadian Sport Institute...
  • Mixed free relay earns third medal for Canada
    July 31, 2017
    BUDAPEST , Hungary – Canada picked up its third medal of the FINA World Championships Saturday, earning bronze in the mixed 4×100-metre freestyle relay in Budapest, Hungary. The team of Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo, Chantal Van Landeghem and Penny...
  • Team Ontario Announces 2017 Canada Summer Games Roster
    July 31, 2017
    Team Ontario is proud to announce the full roster of athletes, coaches, managers, technicians and mission staff that will make up the Team Ontario contingent at the upcoming 2017 Canada Summer Games. The Games will take place from July 28 to August...