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Marie Besson


• Won her first international gold medal at a Junior European Cup event in Sarajevo in March 2018
• Won four international medals in 2018, including gold at the Pan American Open in Santo Domingo
• Recipient of Judo Canada’s Junior Athlete of the Year Award for 2018
• Competed at the world junior championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018


Getting into the Sport: Started training in judo with her father Larry, a former national team member, when she was 8… Began competing at age 10… Outside Interests: Studying Social Science at Collège de Maisonneuve… Odds and Ends: Always wears the same sweater to pre-fight warm ups… Has wanted to compete for Team Canada since watching Antoine Valois-Fortier win bronze at London 2012….

Notable International Results

Pan American Championships: 2019 – 7th (52kg); 2018 – Participant (52kg)

Pan American Junior Championships: 2017 – BRONZE (52kg); 2016 – SILVER (52kg)

IJF Junior World Championships: 2018 – Participant (52kg); 2017 – Participant (52kg); 2015 – Participant (52kg)

IJF Cadet World Championships: 2015 – Participant; 2013 - Participant