Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jessica Klimkait Named Outstanding Female Athlete, Wins Gold at Canadian Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jessica Klimkait Named Outstanding Female Athlete, Wins Gold at Canadian Championship

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Klimkait, Valois named outstanding athletes

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MONTREAL - Judoka Jessica Klimkait was named outstanding female athlete at the Elite National Championship on Saturday after winning gold.

The 20-year-old Klimkait, of Whitby, Ont., went up against Quebec's Ecaterina Guica in the under-57 kilogram final. She secured the gold medal by serving an ippon to Guica, who was a member of the Canadian squad at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the under-52 kg category.

"As I prepared for the match, I didn't give too much thought to the fact that I was competing against an Olympian," said Klimkait. "I felt good and I believed I had a good chance. I went into it as I would any other competition and things turned out well."

Jacob Valois was named outstanding male athlete after winning gold in the under-66 kg category. …

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