Charron Leads Canada’s Weightlifting Charge at Santiago 2023 Pan American Games
Canada’s Olympic weightlifting champ, Maude Charron, is set to flex her muscles at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.
The gold medalist is part of a six-member team, three of whom are women, ready to lift their way to glory starting October 20.
Charron, who bagged gold at the Tokyo 2020 and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, is no stranger to the Pan American Games.
She finished fourth at Lima 2019 and is now gearing up for her second appearance.
“Major Games are always a wonderful experience,” Charron said.
“I’m very excited to represent Team Canada for the second time at a Pan American Games.”
In a twist of fate, Charron will be competing in the 59kg category, a first for her in a multi-sport Games, due to the removal of the 64kg category from the Paris 2024 Games.
However, she’s already proven her mettle in this weight class, having won gold at the 2023 Pan American Championships.
Joining Charron are Amanda Braddock (49kg category), Maya Laylor (81kg), Nicolas Vachon (73kg), Alex Bellemarre (89kg), and Noah Santavy (102kg).
For Bellemarre, this will be his first Pan American Games, an opportunity he’s thrilled about since it will test the fruits of his training program.
“I’m very happy to represent Canada at my first Pan American Games and to have the opportunity to compete with the best of my continent,” he said.
Christine Girard, Canada’s first Olympic weightlifting gold medalist and Team Canada’s Santiago 2023 Chef de Mission, knows the grit required to excel in this sport.
“As a former weightlifter myself, I know the dedication and determination it takes to excel in this sport,” she said. “Let’s relish this moment and embrace the challenge.”
While Santiago 2023 doesn’t offer direct Paris 2024 qualification opportunities, it’s a stepping stone for the young team on their journey to next summer’s Olympic Games.
The weightlifting event will take place from October 21 to 24 at the Chimkowe Gymnasium.
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