Baie-Comois Vincent Roberge-Poitras finished just off the podium at the Pan American Judo Championships held in September in Calgary. Disappointed with this result, the Nord-Côtier does not let himself be discouraged and is already visualizing gold for the next competitions.
“This championship was a disappointment for me. Finishing at the bottom of the podium and losing in the final for the bronze medal really hurt me,” confides the 17-year-old judoka.
Vincent Roberge-Poitras, however, is focusing on his next objectives. He wants to qualify for the Canadian Elite Championships. Only the best eight will be able to participate.
His schedule will be very busy in the coming weeks. The 2023 Manitoba Open will take place on October 14 and 15 at the Dakota Fieldhouse, the Ontario Open on October 21 and 22 and finally the Quebec Open will take place on November 11 and 12 in Montreal. “I hope to win gold in each of these competitions,” he adds.
Remember the positive
Even if 4th place leaves him with a bitter taste, Vincent Roberge-Poitras retains the positive elements of his last championship experience. Indeed, he was able to participate in a training camp where he was able to learn like never before, according to him. He says he needed it to rebuild his confidence, gain calm and put stress and pressure aside.
The athlete’s determination is still present and he concludes that “victory is close and I will not stop until I am on the highest step of the podium”.
A proud mother
Julie Poitras, the mother of Vincent Roberge-Poitras, also started practicing judo in order to share the same passion as her boys. She also climbed to the highest step of the podium during the 2023 Canadian Open Judo Championships in the category masters.
Although Vincent’s departure at the age of 15 to pursue his passion for his sport and perform to the best of his abilities was difficult, the Roberge-Poitras family was inspired by his determination. “It was an adjustment for everyone, but it also motivated his brother and sister. He is a source of inspiration for them,” explains Ms. Poitras.
“We support him as parents as long as we can,” confides the proud mother of her eldest.
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