• Nick Zacharias

New Canadian judo champion in Île-Perrot


Myriam Brazeau, at the age of 16, has become this year’s Canadian champion in the under 18 year-old category at the Elite National Judo Championship, which saw the best competitors from across the country fighting for the top spot last weekend in Montreal.

Sixteen-year-old Myriam Brazeau, who trains with the Dojo Perrot Shima Judo Club in Île-Perrot, is the new 2020 Canadian ‘Elite 8’ judo champion in the under 18 age group.

Held last weekend at the Pierre Charbonneau centre at the Olympic park in Montreal, the Elite 8 Championship is a tournament where only the eight top-ranked athletes (or judokas) in the country qualify to enter for each category. The rankings are a reflection of points earned at various other tournaments throughout the year. Also qualifying for the Elite 8 championship from the club were Alex Marineau and Ryan Proulx, both of whom unfortunately were prevented from competing due to injuries.

Brazeau has been practicing judo for about four and a half years with the club, and is part of the sport-études program at Chêne-Bleu secondary school in Pincourt, which allows her extra hours of training with coach Richard Proulx.

“She trains about 30 hours a week,” said Proulx “and that’s on top of studying for school, and she also works. That’s a lot of dedication at age 16.”

That dedication is paying off.

Brazeau dominated her way through six fights last Saturday to take the top spot in her category. There are different ways to win a judo match: on points at the end of the time limit, by pinning an opponent on their back for 20 seconds, or by executing a controlled throw causing the opponent to land directly on their back on the mat, which ends the match immediately.

“Most of her matches were over in about 12 seconds,” said Proulx, “I think the longest one was against a girl from Alberta that lasted about a minute and a half, but all the rest were over very fast.”

With such an overwhelming performance at this year’s Elite 8, Brazeau has the potential to see many more national or international victories in her future. Says Proulx, “She’s a quiet girl, almost borderline shy, but when she goes on the mat, she’s a real machine.”