• Nick Zacharias

Locals medal at World Martial Arts Championships


PHOTO COURTESY FRANCE POMMINVILLE

France Pomminville of Saint-Zotique (left) and Marc-Olivier Nadon of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton came back from Portugal proudly sporting the medals they earned at the World Martial Arts Championships.

More of a roundhouse this time around, as two athletes from right here in Vaudreuil-Soulanges travelled to Albufeira in the Algarve region on the southern Portuguese coast to distinguish themselves recently at the World Martial Arts Championships. Hosted by the World Martial Arts Organization (WMO), the event saw competitors from about 10 different countries, including a delegation of 30 Canadian athletes.

Eighteen-year-old Marc-Olivier Nadon of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, and 36-year-old France Pomminville of Saint-Zotique did the area proud for their part on the Canadian team. Marc-Olivier brought home two silver medals for his strong finishes in combat. And France had to make room in her bag for four medals on the trip home; two for her bronze performances in traditional Kata, a choreographed routine of martial arts moves done before a panel of judges, and two silver medals for her showing in armed Kata.

Both competitors have shown great dedication to their sport leading up to the championships. Marc-Olivier holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate, which he has practiced for about 10 years. France trained in Kung Fu for two years before she transitioned to Kenpo Karate, in which she also holds an advanced belt. Both train under the guidance of Sensei Danny Griffith who travelled with them to Portugal. They worked hard all summer practicing in Montreal and Saint-Zotique, as well as in Milton, Ontario at the training camp of the Canadian team.

It was an incredible journey for both athletes to go from qualifying and training, to experiencing the opening ceremony of a global championship, and finally to proudly representing Canada on the podium.

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