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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Emilie Charette golden at the Games
by Randy Pascal

As the very last of the Ontario Summer Games results are finally posted, comes the news of another gold medal heading north from Mississauga. No surprise here, as Emilie Charette claimed top spot in the women’s intermediate 58-60 kg kickboxing event, with Tia Rahmoun of Niagara Falls settling for silver.

Although experience was clearly on her side, as Charette competed in her fourth set of Games since 2010 (the event has flipped back and forth, at times, between Summer Games and Winter Games), the 19 year-old student at Collège Boréal was dealing with a new twist in her schedule this time around.

“I was there as a coach and an athlete,” said Charette. “It was an amazing experience, getting a chance to coach and fight at the same event.” It’s a double-duty undertaking that the young woman who has represented the country in junior international competitions, would clearly not mind repeating.

“I’m an athlete first, 100%,” she exclaimed. “My competitive career is not close to being done. I hope to become professional at some point, but I enjoy coaching the younger kids, because I like having the chance to inspire them.”

The fact that the realm of coaching should intrigue Charette is likely only natural, given that both her father (Yves) and mother (Suzanne Huot) have mentored in various aspects of the martial arts in the past. In fact, she sees herself as the end product of their respective approaches.

“I’m actually a mixture of my mom and dad,” she laughed. “My mom used to corner with my dad for MMA fights. I took the cornering style from her, very motherly-like, making sure everything is in order for the athlete.”

“But the philosophy of coaching is my dad’s, how to approach an athlete, what kind of tips to give, etcetera,” Charette added. She will now prepare for the Pan American Kickboxing Championships later this year in Mexico, the first “Open” competition for the Sudbury fighter.

“I’m excited to go there, just to test what level I am as a senior athlete,” she said. “I’m not fighting girls anymore, I’m fighting women. My goal is to win gold to qualify for the World Games in Poland in 2017.”

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