Women’s Committee

Women’s Committee

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Featured Female Training Camp Instructors

Joliane Melancon


Joliane started her judo career at the age of 10 years old. Joliane moved to Varennes, Quebec in 2004 to train with the National team. Melancon is one of the most decorated female judoka from Canada, she competed at the 2012 Olympic Games. 5x’s Pan Am Championship bronze medalist, 2011 Pan Am Games Bronze medalist, 11x World cup/ Grand Slam/Prix Medalist, and numerous international medals, and finished 9th at the World Championships of 2009 in Rotterdam. Joliane is also a 5x Senior National champion in the under 57kg division (2007-2011). Joliane recently retired from competition due to a career ending injury, since then she has finished her degree in Physical Education and started a new journey teaching health and fitness to Elementary aged children.

Laurie Wiltshire


Wiltshire started her judo career at the Ni-ten Judo Club in Fort McMurray, AB. She received the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 2001 and later moved to Varennes, Quebec to attend the National Training Centre. In 2002 she won her first gold medal at the Canadian Junior National Championships, and has since won eight (8) straight gold medals in the -52kg women’s category at the Canadian Senior National Championships (2005 – 2012). Wiltshire currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt). Laurie is also a veteran competitor on the International stage. In addition to the gold medal she won at the 2007 US Open, Wiltshire placed 5th at the World University Judo Championships in Suwon, South Korea (2006), 5th at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand (2007), 5th at the Francophonie Games in Beirut, Lebanon (2009), 7th at the Pan American Judo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico (April, 2011), and 5th at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (October, 2011). Laurie retired from competition after her last Nationals in 2012, and is currently the High Performance coach for Judo Alberta.

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