Biography:

Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard is the only Canadian judoka to win two medals at the IJF World Junior Championships, capturing silver in 2013 and bronze in 2014. In 2013 she won her first senior national title, as well as taking the U-21 national title. She has also competed at three editions of the senior IJF World Championships, finishing an impressive fifth in 2015 to be Canada’s top-placing woman. That came after she won silver at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Beauchemin-Pinard had an incredible run of results in 2014. She earned her first World Cup victory at the Pan American Open in Montevideo in March. She then won the Pan American Open in San Salvador in June, followed by her first Grand Prix victory in Ulaanbaatar and then her first Grand Slam victory in Tyumen, Russia in July. After winning bronze at the 2015 Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Beauchemin-Pinard moved up to win silver in 2016.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Michel Pinard and Linda Beauchemin… Older sister Patricia, older brother Frédéric…Getting into the Sport: Started in judo at age 9… Wanted to try it after reading about Nicolas Gill and how he was bitten by the judo bug… Outside Interests: Studied visual arts at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit… Would like to study hospitality, tourism and restaurant management or accounting at UQAM post-Rio 2016… Enjoys hot yoga, cooking, fine arts, camping… Odds and Ends: Role model is former coach Marie-Hélène Chisholm, who impressed her with her determination and all the stories she has shared… Collects cups or alcohol from the countries she visits … Nickname: Cath… Always travels with peanut butter… Favourite motto: “if you want, you can”…