Rising judo star in Beauce, Charline Bourque; an athlete to watch

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May 12, 2022

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The reserved and calm demeanor of Charline Bourque, originally from St-Alfred, is deceptive. This 14-year-old girl already has quite an impressive track record.

Since returning to competition this year, Charline’s presence on the tatami has been noticed by Judo Quebec’s Excellence Department. Her confident and explosive techniques enabled her to earn a place for herself in the Qc team, becoming at the age of 14 the youngest judoka member of the provincial team and the first Beauceronne to be selected there.

Charline was crowned provincial champion on April 3 and flew with the delegation from Quebec west to participate in the Pacific International Judo Tournament (April 17) and the Edmonton International Judo Championship (April 24), where she confirmed her talent by to go undefeated in the U16s to win gold in both places. These high-level tournaments each brought together nearly 1,000 participants from all over the world. She also put in an impressive performance against the U18s, older and more experienced athletes than her, winning bronze in British Columbia and finishing just short of the podium in Alberta. Her next sporting goal is to officially win the title of “Canadian Champion” at the Canadian Championships to be held in Montreal from May 18 to 22!

For example, the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation and the Quebec Foundation for Athlete Excellence rewarded Charline’s athletic achievements on April 26 by awarding her a $1500 scholarship. She is therefore one of 14 young Quebecers to receive this all-sports scholarship, which highlights athletic, academic and artistic excellence. His academic average of 99% in secondary 3 (sports studies at the Polyvalente de St-Georges) confirms that his commitment is reflected in all areas.

Achieving achievements in judo is closely linked to the professionals around the athlete. Martin Beaulieu, Charline’s coach since 2016 and technical director of the St-Georges judo club, says “she plays to win”. “The maxim ‘the most important thing is to participate’ has become too important in our society in the sense that it can sometimes take away the will to perform in our athletes. I always suggest judokas to play to win, and that the result will be what it will be, without judgment. If you play to win, you will emerge victorious even if you have suffered a defeat. Charline obviously has this winning reflex,” confirms Mr. Beaulieu. Charline also perfects her physical preparation through weightlifting with Alfred Lachance, kinesiologist at Clinique Altitude: “It is a privilege to accompany a diamond in the rough like Charline and watch her grow in her sport. She has exceptional physical and intellectual abilities, in addition to military discipline. In short, I can’t wait to see what the future holds! Charline also competed with the top Quebec weightlifters at the Provincial Weightlifting Championship in Montreal on April 30 to earn a place in the top 10.

His nomination as “youth athlete par excellence” at the Gala d’excellence de judo Québec that will take place in June is more than justified! Charline will also get the chance to improve her training in Brazil this summer and compete in the country’s biggest tournament. In short, cross her eyes once, during the first “hajime”, and it’s easy to see that this multi-talented young girl thrives on challenges and has many other beautiful surprises in store for us!

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