Hall of Fame 2008

Thursday June 26th, 2008

Gosselin, Weldon enshrined in judo hall
JAMES CHRISTIE
Globe and Mail Update
June 26, 2008 at 12:46 AM EDT


Quebec and Ontario will provide more than half the fighters for the 2008 Canadian junior and juvenile championships, as the next generation of would-be Canadian Olympians gathers at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., July 5-6.
Quebec will send 98 athletes aged between 14 and 19 and Ontario 82 of the total of 355 judokas from 10 provinces, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The host province will use the occasion to celebrate the installation of Nathalie Gosselin and Craig Weldon into the Judo Ontario hall of fame.


Gosselin, a 1996 Olympian in Atlanta and seven-time Canadian champion, was a member of the national Judo team for 11 years. She posted the best result for a Canadian female judoka at a world judo championship, fifth place in 1989.
Gosselin has continued to serve the sport in her retirement, addressing athlete audiences on the topics of drugs in sport, teen body image, staying in school and anti-bullying. She has traveled throughout Canada promoting sport and healthy lifestyles and, in Nunavut, helped start a judo program for Inuit children.
Gosselin is best known for pioneering a crime prevention program called ECLIPSE that combines judo with counselling for at-risk teens in schools.


Weldon, a certified coach who holds the black belt rank of 6th dan, has been practising the sport for 40 years and was one of Canada's best athletes during the 1980's. He was a member of the 1988 Olympic team in Seoul, South Korea. Another former Canadian champion, Weldon is currently the chairman of the high performance committee of Judo Ontario.

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