Submitted by MNO Education Officer Anne Trudel

Rebekah Trudel
MNO citizen Rebekah Trudel takes the top spot on the
podium at the Junior Canadian Wrestling Championship in
Montreal earlier this month. Click here to view a larger
version of the picture.

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Rebekah Trudel is a National Junior Champion in wrestling after winning the gold medal match earlier this month.

“It’s a huge honour being a National Junior Champ, especially when achieving it before I turned 20 years old,” said Trudel to Trudel is from Sault Ste. Marie and attends Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia. “As for my future plans, I’m not entirely sure. Once again I just want to thank my coaches, teammates and my faith for my success.”

The championships were held in Montreal from March 16-18. Trudel represented the Burnaby (B.C.) Mountain Wrestling Club.

Trudel competed in the 76 kg Junior Women’s Freestyle Championship and she pinned her opponent, Mary Adarkwa of York Wrestling Club, during the match to claim the title.

“Rebekah has made a ton of improvements in her first year at SFU as well,” said SFU women’s wrestling head coach Justin Abdou, in a story on the university’s website. “She was put into our starting lineup and got a ton of matches this year. It paid off in her performance at this tournament.”

Trudel is no stranger to success on the mat.

She won bronze in 2017 at the Canadian Wrestling Championships in St. Catharines, and while still in high school at Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School, Trudel won gold at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) wrestling championships.

With this latest win, Trudel could compete at the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Slovakia and in the Junior Pan Am Championships, according to Wrestling Canada’s website.

Posted: March 20, 2018