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DOROTHY YEATS WINS SILVER IN RIO TEST MATCH
GOOD RESULT IN PREPARATION FOR 2016 RIO OLYMPICS
February 2, 2016

Vanier wrestling alum Dori Yeats was one of several Canadian women's wrestlers who medalled at a test event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 31, 2016. She won the silver medal in the women's 69 kilogram weight class.

She was also featured recently in VTV's video series, "Speaking of Success - Words and You" where she describes how her education in Pure and Applied Sciences at Vanier helped prepare her for her academic pursuits as well as her athletic ones.

Dorothy was also invited to return to Vanier to participate in a ceremony inaugurating a new Alumni Wall in which she appears, created on the 2nd floor of the F Building. See her in a photo with alumni CTV News anchor Mutsumi Takahashi and Saint-Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa.



TWO MORE SUCCESSFUL TOURNAMENTS FOR OUR WRESTLERS
SIX MATCHES PRODUCE FIVE GOLDS AND ONE SILVER
December 15, 2015

We are pleased to report the results of two tournaments held on December 12 and 13, 2015. On Saturday, December 12th we had three wrestlers who won medals at the Bishop Ryan Wrestling Tournament in Hamilton, Ontario. Then on Sunday, December 13th, three Vanier wrestlers all won Gold Medals at the Matmen Invitational held in Brampton, Ontario. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

You can get the full results of our Vanier wrestlers from these competitions plus you can view some action photos taken during the tournaments. Click here for more.


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WRESTLERS DO GREAT AT FOUR DIFFERENT TOURNAMENTS
TONS OF MEDALS WON INCLUDING MANY GOLDS
November 30, 2015

We received results about four different tournaments held between November 26 and 28, 2015. On Thursday, November 26th we had four wrestlers who won Gold Medals at the Beamsville Invitational in Ontario. Then on Saturday, November 28th, the exact same four wrestlers repeated their Gold Medal wins against a much larger field at the Windsor Invitational in Ontario.

On the same day, four other Vanier wrestlers competed at the York University Open in Toronto and emerged with one Gold Medal, two Silver Medals and one Bronze Medal. Also on the 28th, at the Quebec Open held in Pierrefonds, two of our wrestlers won Gold Medals. Congratulations to you all!

You can get full Vanier results from these competitions plus you can also view some action photos taken at a few of the tournaments. Click here for more.


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ALL 8 VANIER WRESTLERS DO GREAT IN PUERTO RICO
GROUP WINS FOUR GOLD MEDALS AND FOUR SILVER MEDALS
October 14, 2015

On Saturday, October 10, the Vanier Wrestling Team competed in the Sparta Cup International Wrestling Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, accompanied by Coach Martine Dugrenier. It is an outstanding event and provided the Vanier wrestlers with a number of important matches. Congratulations to you all!

You can get full Vanier results from this competition plus you can also view some action photos taken at the tournament. Click here for more.


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Alex Moore
ALEX MOORE WINS ÉLITE-CATEGORY $4000 HYDRO-QUÉBEC BURSARY
PRESENTED BY THE QUÉBEC FOUNDATION FOR ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE
September 23, 2015
In conjunction with sponsor Hydro Québec, the Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence announced their bursary. We were pleased to read that Vanier wrestler Alex Moore was awarded an Élite-Category bursary for $4000, the highest level awarded. See a photo taken at the ceremony. At the Canadian Juvenile/Cadet Wrestling Championships of April 2015, Alex won a Gold Medal in the 69kg category. At the same tournament, it was announced that he had been picked by Wrestling Canada as their 2014 Cadet Athlete of the Year due to his national and international results throughout that year. Earlier, in February 2015, Alex won a Gold Medal at the Québec Wrestling Championships. Congratulations on this new award, Alex! Read the official press release.

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DOROTHY YEATS WINS A GOLD MEDAL AT PAN AM GAMES!
ADDS TO CANADA'S 2015 MEDAL HAUL IN TORONTO
July 17, 2015

Congratulations yet again to Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats, who won a Gold Medal in the 69 kg weight category on July 17th at the 2015 Pan AM Games held in Toronto. Dori has won two previous World Junior Championships in her weight category and is considered a strong medal contender for the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Since 2012, Dori has competed as a Vanier wrestler, but she now will compete as a McGill student where she will be studying Civil Engineering. Good luck, Dori. We'll be pulling for you in Rio! For full details on her Pan Am victory, just click for more.


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VANIER WRESTLING ICON MARTINE DUGRENIER RETIRES
WINNER OF 3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 8 NATIONAL TITLES
May 14, 2015

Vanier wrestler Martine Dugrenier, a three-time world champion who competed in two Olympics, has announced her retirement from competition. Martine reached the podium at the Wrestling World Championships six times in her career including three consecutive gold medals in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

She competed at the Olympics twice, finishing fifth in Beijing in 2008 and fifth in London in 2012 and won no fewer than eight Canadian championships. She plans on completing her Masters degree in education, all the while continuing to coach elite-level wrestling as well as teach Physical Education here at Vanier. Best of luck, Martine! For a retrospective of her career, just click for more.


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ALEX MOORE WINS GOLD AT CANADIAN JUVENILE/CADET CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALSO NAMED AS 2014 CADET ATHLETE OF THE YEAR BY WRESTLING CANADA
April 14, 2015

At the Canadian Juvenile/Cadet Wrestling Championships which were held in Fredericton, New Brunswick between April 9-12, 2015, our very own Alex Moore won a Gold Medal in the 69kg category. At the same tournament, it was announced that he had been picked by Wrestling Canada as their 2014 Cadet Athlete of the Year due to the strength of his national and international results throughout that year. Congratulations, Alex! For full tournament results and action photos from the competition, click here for more.


Alex Moore  Francis Carter
Frederique Choquette
  Laurence Beauregard

VANIER WRESTLERS IN FIRST PLACE AT PROVINCIALS
ALSO WIN THREE GOLD MEDALS AND A SILVER MEDAL
February 24, 2015

On the weekend, Vanier wrestlers participated in the 2015 Provincial Wrestling Championships held in St. Cesaire, QC.

Winning gold medals for Vanier were Alex Moore (Juvenile 69 kg) Francis Carter (Junior 74 kg) and Frederick Choquette (Junior 95 kg). Winning a silver medal for Vanier was Laurence Beauregard (Women's 57 kg)

As a team, Vanier finished in first place in the Junior Division. Congratulations to you all!

You can view some action photos from the championships. Click here for more.



VANIER WRESTLERS EXCEL AT THREE MORE TOURNEYS
SIX GOLD MEDALS AND A BRONZE IN SEVEN MATCHES
January 29, 2015

Five Vanier student wrestlers had very successful outcomes at a series if three wrestling tournaments held in Ontario during January.

In a series of two competitions held in Ottawa and Port Hope, four Vanier wrestlers won Gold Medals in BOTH tournaments. They were Amanda Savard, Laurence Beauregard, Frederique Choquette and Alex Savard. In a competition in London, Francis Carter won a Bronze Medal in his weight class.

You can get more details as well as view some action photos from two of the tournaments. Click here for more.


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VANIER WRESTLERS DOMINATE AT TWO MORE TOURNAMENTS
SIX GOLD MEDALS, A SILVER AND A BRONZE IN EIGHT MATCHES
December 15, 2014

Four Vanier student wrestlers maintained their dominance in results at two recent tournaments played last weekend.

For the women, Amanda Savard won a Gold and a Bronze Medal in her two matches. The Vanier men wrestlers did tremendously well, too. Alex Moore won a Gold and a Silver Medal in his two tournaments, while Frederick Choquette (seen at left) and Francis Carter won TWO Gold Medals from their results.

You can view profile photos of the wrestlers as well as some action photos from one of the tournaments. Click here for more.


Amanda Savard  Laurence Beauregard
Alex Moore  Francis Carter
Sam Barmish  Frederique Choquette

EXCELLENT RESULTS FOR VANIER WRESTLERS AT TOURNAMENTS
TEN GOLD MEDALS AND TWO SILVER MEDALS FOR COMPETITORS
December 1, 2014

We were extremely happy to hear that six of our Vanier student wrestlers continue to enjoy amazing results at recent tournaments.

For the women, Amanda Savard has recently won 3 Gold Medals in her weight category, while Laurence Beauregard has won a Gold and two Silver Medals in hers.

The Vanier men wrestlers have had an even better showing, notching no fewer than 11 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal in their respective weight classes. They are Alex Moore, Francis Carter, Sam Barmish and Frederick Choquette.

Congratulations to each and every one of you!

You can view profile photos of the wrestlers as well as some action photos from one of the tournaments.
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DAVID TREMBLAY AND DORI YEATS WIN COMMONWEALTH GOLD!
VANIER WRESTLERS HAVE TWO PODIUM WINS FOR CANADA
July 31, 2014

Fantastic news has come in from the 2014 Commonwealth Games which were held in Glasgow, UK. Vanier wrestlers David Tremblay and Dori Yeats have BOTH won Gold Medals in their respective weight categories.

Dori has been incredibly solid in all her matches of late, so her result was not a huge surprise considering her enormous success on the international stage. However, David surprised a few people when he was compelled to wrestle in a heavier weigh division than usual, and he ended up with the upset win over his heavier, more experienced opponent.

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DUGRENIER HEADING TO INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY IN GREECE
Canadian Olympic Committee announces names of those chosen to study in Olympia
May 7, 2014

On May 7th, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced the names of the three participants who will travel to Greece from June 15-29 to partake in the International Olympic Academy (IOA)’s 54th International Session for Young Participants. Two Olympians were selected for the session after submitting applications in April, one of whom is Vanier teacher Martine Dugrenier. “I have been dedicated to the Canadian Olympic Movement for as long as I can remember,” said Martine Dugrenier, two-time Olympian. “I am so thrilled and humbled to be joining Philippe Beaudry on this incredible adventure!” The IOA unites some of the world’s most vibrant young leaders in sport and physical activity from approximately 100 nations. The session will focus on Olympic Values with a special look at Respect for Diversity. Congratulations, Martine! Visit Martine's olympics.ca page.


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DOROTHY YEATS WINS SPORT-ÉTUDES BURSARY
April 8, 2014

We're very happy to announce that Dorothy Yeats, a multiple medal-winning wrestler on the international competitive circuit has won yet another bursary, this time a $500 award from La Fondation Desjardins-Sport-Études.

Dory won Gold Medals in the 67 kg category at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Thailand and also multiple Gold Medals at the Canadian Junior Nationals. She then repeated her Gold Medal performance at the Junior World Championships of 2013.

Her ultimate goal is to compete in the upcoming Olympics, just as her father did 4 times during his career as an Olympic wrestler. Congratulations again, Dory! For more on this story, just click here.


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DAJINDER SINGH WINS BRONZE AT QUEEN'S OPEN
VANIER WRESTLER A RISING STAR
January 27, 2014

Congratulations to Vanier wrestler Dajinder Singh who took a Bronze Medal at the Queen's University Wrestling Open in Kingston, Ontario yesterday at 68 kg. Previously, at the 2013 Junior national Wrestling Championships held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Dajinder competed in the 74 kg category. He had a bye in the first round, but in the second round, he soundly defeated Mike Thurber. See video on youtube. However, he lost his match in the 3rd round to Matt Palma. Dajinder is definitely an up-and-comer in the world of Olympic wrestling and is one to keep your eyes on. Way ta go, Dajinder!


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FRANCIS CARTER WINS AWARD FROM GEORGES ST-PIERRE FOUNDATION
January 16, 2014

Congratulations to young Vanier wrestler Francis Carter who was one of six recipients of a bursary from the Georges St-Pierre Foundation. He won an award for Academic Excellence which was presented to him at a press conference on January 14th by Georges St-Pierre himself. Francis is an up-and-coming wrestler who maintained a high average throughout high school and is currently enrolled in Health Sciences here at Vanier. Among his most recent accolades, Francis won a Silver Medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Congratulations, Francis! We look forward to hearing a lot more about this rising star in the world of Olympic Wrestling. Find out more.


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DOROTHY YEATS NAMED TO CIBC NEXT TEAM
December 3, 2012

Vanier wrestler extraordinaire Dorothy Yeats has received yet another honour. She was recently named as a member of the CIBC Team Next program, a $2 million investment to assist select athletes from across the country who represent Canada on the international stage. Along with Dorothy, Vanier athletes Jacqueline Simoneau (synchronized swimmer) and Pamela Ware (diver) were also selected. All CIBC Team Next student athletes will receive a $5000 annual grant over the next three years. Visit the CIBC Team Next website for more info. Dorothy is the current Women’s Junior World Wrestling Champion in the 67 kg category. After graduating from Vanier in May, she plans to pursue her studies in Engineering at Concordia University where she will continue in their wrestling program under Vanier teacher Victor Zilberman. Dorothy has won the Nationals every year since she started competing five years ago and her ultimate goal is to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Congratulations, Dorothy!


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DE MARINIS WINS GOLD AT BACK TO BACK TOURNAMENTS
PLUS TWO MORE VANIER WRESTLERS WIN GOLD IN PUERTO RICO
November 2, 2013

Vanier wrestler Vince De Marinis won the championship in the 65 kg weight division at the Concordia Invitational on October 27th and then again at the McMaster University Invitational on November 2nd. Way ta go, Vince! See Concordia results. See McMaster results. You can see some great action photos of Vince and also watch a video of Vince facing Patrick Hogan during the Concordia tournament. Also, two other Vanier wrestlers, Francis Carter and Frederick Choquette won Gold medals this past weekend at the Puerto Rico International. Congratulations to you both!


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DE MARINIS WINS SILVER AT 2013 JEUX DE LA FRANCOPHONIE
September 18, 2013

We were pleased to hear that Vince De Marinis won a Silver medal in the 60 kg weight division at the Francophonie Games in Nice, France from September 7-15. Vince was a member of Team Quebec which was coached by Vanier Physical Education teachers Martine Dugrenier and David Zilberman. Another Team Quebec member who won a Silver Medal was Vanier wrestling alum Jordan Steen who won it in the 84 kg weight division. Congratulations to you both! See link. You can see Vince competing in the finals. Click to view it.


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YEATS REPEATS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE!
August 15, 2013

Vanier athlete extraordinaire Dorothy Yeats, once again proved she is one of Canada's and indeed one of the WORLD's pre-eminent women wrestlers. At the 2013 World Junior Wrestling Championships just held in Sofia, Bulgaria, Dory repeated her breakout win at last year's Junior World Championships. She later went on to surprise everyone by snagging a Silver Medal at the subsequent 2012 Senior World Wrestling Championships. This year, Yeats feels she has an excellent chance at the Senior Gold Medal in the upcoming competition in September 2013. We're pulling for you, Dory! Read more.


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YEATS WINS RDS BURSARY, FEATURED IN ARTICLE
June 1, 2013

We're very happy to announce that Dorothy Yeats, a multiple medal-winning wrestler on the international competitive circuit has won a $5000 bursary from RDS (Réseau des sports) and another for $500 from Fondation Desjardins.

Dory has been burning up her competitions, winning a Gold Medal in the 67 kg category at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Thailand and also multiple Gold Medals at the Canadian Junior Nationals. Her ultimate goal is to compete in the upcoming Olympics, just as her father did 4 times during his career as an Olympic wrestler.

Dory was also featured in an article that appeared on the Vanier College website. Read more.


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DE MARINIS FEATURED ON CTV'S "RANDY'S ROOKIES"
May 9, 2013

Vanier wrestler Vince De Marinis was profiled in a video feature as part of the CTV Sports series, "Randy's Rookies", presented by CTV broadcaster Randy Tieman, which focuses on rising stars in the world of amateur sports.

The video shows him in training with his coach David Zilberman at their main training site at the YMHA. Way to go, Vince! Watch the video.


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DE MARINIS WINS SILVER AT CANADIAN JUNIOR NATIONALS
March 25, 2013

Vince De Marinis competed at the Canadian Junior National Wrestling Championships in Fredericton, NB on March 22nd in the 60 KG weight category. He finished the tournament in second place, securing himself a hard-fought Silver Medal. See link.

Congratulations, Vincent. Keep up the good work!


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Victor Zilberman

VICTOR ZILBERMAN WINS ZEOFF GOWAN AWARD AND
THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL

January 16, 2013

Vanier Physical Education teacher Victor Zilberman, has been presented with yet two more prestigious coaching awards. This time he received the Zeoff Gowan Award on November 16, 2012, presented by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) . The award recognizes lifetime contribution to coaching development. It is awarded to a coach who has presented a positive public image of coaching and enhanced the role of the coach with the Canadian public. Then on January 16th, 2013, the CAC announced that Victor, having been instrumental in the development and delivery of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) over the last four decades, will be awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Read the press release.

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DE MARINIS WINS MEDALS AT 3 RECENT COMPETITIONS
November 7, 2012

Vince De Marinis won Gold on Sat, November 3rd at the McMaster University Annual Wrestling Tournament in Hamilton ON. The previous week Vince placed second at the Concordia University Invitational. You can watch a video clip of Vince's final match at the McMaster tournament. You can also see a video of him from the Concordia Invitational. Vince previously won the Gold medal in the 66 kg Junior division at the international wrestling tournament which was held in Puerto Rico from Oct. 6-7. Congratulations, Vincent!


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YEATS FINALIST FOR CANADIAN JR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
October 3, 2012

Our very own Dorothy Yeats has been named as one of the three finalists for the 40th Canadian Sport Awards in the category of Junior Athlete of the Year. The award winner will be announced in a ceremony that will be held on October 17, 2012.

Congratulations yet again, Dory! We'll be pulling for you to win the award, but just to be nominated is a huge honour! Read the press release for more info.


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YEATS WINS GOLD AT JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 6, 2012

We're very happy to announce that Dorothy Yeats who won a Gold Medal in the 67 kg category at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand on September 6th. She defeated Russia's Svetlana Babushkina in the finals to seal her title.

This world championship is just the latest feather in the cap of this amazing athlete. Congrats, Dory! Click for more + watch the finals.


Martine Dugrenier and David Trembly compete at London 2012 Olympics. Click for more.

WRESTLING ALUMNI COMPETE AT OLYMPICS
August 10, 2012

Vanier Physical Education teacher Martine Dugrenier (seen at far left) and Vanier alum David Tremblay (to her right) both competed in the London 2012 Olympics. We have the full stories of Martine and David's Olympic voyages in a special report page. To read all the details, just click for more.


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Victor Zilberman

ZILBERMAN FEATURED IN GAZETTE EDUCATION SECTION
August 4, 2012

Vanier Physical Education teacher Victor Zilberman, international wrestling coach extraordinaire, was recently a prime focus of a special Education supplement of the Montreal Gazette of August 4th. The section, which featured numerous photos of Victor with many of his protégés including Dory Yeats, spoke about how wrestling offers an excellent way to train the body, soul and mind in terms of determination and drive. Victor also wrote an inspirational letter to the editor, published on August 2nd while he was away coaching at his 6th Olympics. Congratulations, Victor! Read his letter to the editor.

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WINDHEIM WINS BRONZE AT PAN AMERICAN GAMES
June 8, 2012

Congratulations to Vanier wrestler Malka Windheim who competed at the 2012 Pan American Games in Peten, Guatemala on June 8th and emerged with a Bronze Medal in her 67 KG weight category. Malka has been improving steadily over the years and we anticipate continued accolades for Malka in all of her future competitions.

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DUGRENIER DELIVERS INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH
May 18, 2012

Wrestling alum and Vanier teacher Martine Dugrenier, the current world champion in her category, was featured in an article about an inspirational speech she recently gave at l’école La Mennais in Mascouche. The speech was the subject of a recent French article published in Le Trait d'Union. The title of the article roughly translates to "The Road to your Dreams Lies in Perseverance". You can read the article in its entirety. Just click here.

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YEATS SUBJECT OF JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL ARTICLE
April 10, 2012

Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats was featured in a glowing article recently published in the Journal de Montréal of April 7, 2012. The piece details Dory's amazing journey from a 14 year old sensation in the junior ranks, right up to the highly celebrated Olympic hopeful of today who makes us all so proud. To read this article in its entirety, just click here.

Martine Dugrenier and David Trembly heading to 2012 Olympics!

WRESTLING ALUMNI QUALIFY FOR OLYMPICS
March 27, 2012

Vanier Physical Education teacher Martine Dugrenier (seen at far left) recently won the Pan Am Olympic Qualification tournament in Orlando, Florida. The London Games will be Martine's 2nd Olympics. Vanier alum David Tremblay (to her right) also won at the tournament, thereby qualifying him for London. Physical Education teacher Victor Zilberman will coach in London for his sixth Olympics.


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DOROTHY YEATS DOMINATES AT NATIONALS
March 27, 2012

At the Canadian National Championships, Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats won both the Junior and Senior Canadian National Championships. On top of that, she was also named the MVP for the Junior Nationals. Dorothy has qualified to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships which will be held this summer. Congratulations, Dorothy!


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ALUMNI PROMINENT ON CONCORDIA'S CIS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
February 28, 2012

Vanier wrestling alumni helped propel the Concordia University Wrestling Team to a 2nd straight National University title. Read more.

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YEATS FEATURED ON CTV MONTREAL SPORTS
February 15, 2012

Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats was the subject of an excellent video profile on CTV Montreal Sports. She is the latest athlete featured in the series "Randy's Rookies" with longtime sportscaster Randy Tieman. The piece shows Dorothy at home and at practice and features interviews with her coach David Zilberman and some of her Team Canada team mates. View the video.

Click for a great action shot of Dory throwing an opponent.

DOROTHY YEATS WINS GOLD AT GUELPH OPEN
January 29, 2012

Vanier champion wrestler Dory Yeats won a Gold Medal at the big Guelph Open, perhaps the most important University tournament of the year. She again took top honours in the 67 kg category in the competition which finished on January 21st. Congratulations, Dory! To see a great action shot of Dory throwing an opponent, click here. To see full tournament results, click here.


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WRESTLING ALUM WINS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP
November 30, 2011

Congratulations to Michael Noonan who became only the 4th Concordia student in the past 22 years to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Michael wrestled at Vanier in 2006 and 2007 where he won numerous medals at various competitions. His announcement was highlighted in a story in the Montreal Gazette as well as other publications. Click for more on his win.


David Tremblay and Nikita Chicoine at their awards ceremony. Click for more.

THREE WRESTLING ALUMS WIN QFAE AWARDS
November 30, 2011

Vanier was pleased to find out that wrestling alumna Nikita Chicoine not only won a $2000 award from the Quebec Federation for Athletics Excellence at their awards ceremony of November 30th, but that she was also picked by the federation as their Woman Athlete of the Year!

Two other Vanier wrestling alums who also picked up awards were David Tremblay and Greg Rossy. All are competing as part of the Concordia University program. Click for more on this win.


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DOROTHY YEATS KEEPS ON WINNING!
November 21, 2011

Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats has won yet another Gold Medal. This time she took top honours in the 67 kg category and was also named Women's MVP of the University of Toronto Wrestling Invitational Tournament held on Saturday, November 19th. Congratulations again, Dorothy! Your consistent excellence is a matter of great pride for the College. Click for full tournament results.


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Martine Dugrenier & Dorothy Yeats received Saputo
Sponsorships of $10,000 and $3500 respectively

DUGRENIER & YEATS RECEIVE BACKING FROM SAPUTO
October 6, 2011

Saputo Inc. has announced its sponsorship of Martine Dugrenier and Dorothy Yeats. Saputo has been supporting Martine since 2005, through the Québec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. Last summer, Martine won the Spanish Grand Prix, the Canada Cup, the Austrian Grand Prix, and the German Grand Prix.

Martine is preparing for the 2012 Olympics, while Dorothy Yeats had a tremendous year as well, winning Gold in several major tournaments. Read the Press Release.


Click for a photo of Dorothy Yeats taken after winning a Gold Medal  Click for a larger photo of Vince De Marinis

DOROTHY YEATS AND VINCE DE MARINIS STRIKE GOLD IN AUSTRALIAN TOURNEYS
August 22, 2011

In August a group of Montreal wrestlers traveled to Australia to compete in the Commonwealth Championships and the Australian Cup held in Melbourne. Dorothy Yeats (far left) won the gold medal in both tournaments in the senior age group, and was also awarded the Outstanding Wrestler for both events! Vanier wrestler Vince De Marinis (seen at left next to Dorothy) won a Gold Medal at the Australian Cup in the 60kg category in Junior Men's Freestyle Wrestling. Vanier alum David Zilberman coached the national teams at the two events. Click for the full results.

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YEATS WINS GOLD AT UNDER-18 NATIONALS
April 9, 2011

Vanier wrestler Dorothy Yeats continued her recent successful competitions by taking no less than 1st place in the 65 kg category at the Under-18 Canadian National Championships which were held in Windsor, Ontario on April 9, 2011. Congratulations to Dorothy for providing us with yet another strong showing. Full listing of placements.

Greg Rossy

GREG ROSSY WINS GOLD AT NATIONALS
DOROTHY YEATS WINS A SILVER MEDAL
March 27, 2011

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Greg Rossy (left) won a Gold Medal in the heavyweight category at the Junior National Wrestling Championships held in Edmonton March 24-27.

Team mates Dorothy Yeats won a silver in the 67 kg category and Jordan Lee Byer won a bronze in the 96 kg category. Way to go, everyone!


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EIGHTH NATIONAL TITLE FOR DUGRENIER
DAVID TREMBLAY WINS HIS 1ST NATIONAL TITLE

March 27, 2011
David Tremblay

Competing in the under-67 kg category at the Senior Championships in Edmonton, Martine Dugrenier won her eighth national title and was also nominated by her federation for the Female Athlete of the Year award for a fourth time. Her victory will allow her to defend her world title at the upcoming World Championships which will be held in Turkey this autumn.

But Dugrenier will not be the sole representative of the Belle Province at the Worlds. Montreal's David Tremblay (55 kg), another alum from Vanier College's wrestling program, won the national title in his weight category for the first time in his career. With the win, David also gets a direct pass to the World Championships. David beat Steven Takahashi from Ontario in the final, allowing him to also represent the country at the Pan American Games next fall as well as at the Worlds.


David Tremblay  David Zilberman  Nikita Chicoine
David Tremblay
     David Zilberman      Nikita Chicoine

ALL THESE ALUMNI WON GOLD MEDALS

CONCORDIA TEAM WINS CIS MEET
VANIER ALUMNI LEAD THE WAY
February 28, 2011

Former Vanier wrestlers David Tremblay (57 kg), David Zilberman (130 kg) and Nikita Chicoine (67 kg) all won Gold Medals to lead the Concordia Wrestling team (coached by our own Victor Zilberman) to a first-place showing at the 2011 Canadian Inter-university Sports Championships held on February 25-26 in Thunder Bay.

The conclusion of the day – the men’s heavyweight division final - was the deciding factor in the hotly-contested men’s championship. In that match, David Zilberman defeated Charles Thoms of UNB (90-130 kg category) to give Concordia a total of 55 points to UNB’s 52. See photo.

Victor Zilberman was named Men's Coach of the Year.


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Victor Zilberman

ZILBERMAN IS FIRST 10-TIME COACHING AWARD WINNER
November 19, 2010

It was recently announced that Vanier Physical Education teacher Victor Zilberman, coach of World Champion Martine Dugrenier was the first ever ten-time winner of a Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award. “These awards are a great opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of many of our great coaches, including our first 10-time recipient of this award, wrestling coach, Victor Zilberman,” stated John Bales, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada. Congratulations, Victor! Read the press release.

Jordie Steen and Greg Rossy
Jordy Steen & Greg Rossy

SUCCESS AT 2010 CONCORDIA INVITATIONAL
NOVEMBER 2, 2010

Vanier wrestlers Jordy Steen (82 kg) and Greg Rossy (130 kg) were among winners announced at the Concordia University Invitational which featured 120 wrestlers from across Canada and the U.S. held on October 30-31. Other winners included Vanier wrestling alums Nikita Chicoine of the Concordia team and Gabriel Choeke from the YMHA team.

JAMES MANCINI WINS SILVER AT 2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
OCTOBER 9, 2010

Vanier wrestling alumnus James Mancini won a sliver medal at this year's Commonwealth Games held in India. James beat Danial Amas from Nigeria, then Viorel Etco from Scotland before he was finally beaten in the finals by the hometown favourite from India, Yogeshwar Dutt. Read the whole story.

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Martine Dugrenier

DUGRENIER CELEBRATES THREE-PEAT AT WORLDS!
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010

Vanier wrestling alum and Physical Education teacher Martine Dugrenier amazed us all with the accomplishment of winning her third consecutive world title.

Martine won the gold medal in her 67 kg weight category at this year's Senior World Wrestling Championships in Moscow. Martine, you are so awesome! Read more about her win.


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Victor Zilberman

ZILBERMAN WINS GRANT TO PREPARE FOR OLYMPICS
MAY 13, 2010

Vanier Physical Education teacher Victor Zilberman, coach of World Champion Martine Dugrenier was among 10 elite coaches awarded $10,000 grants from Chevrolet's "Making Dreams Possible" program. Zilberman said, "... coaches are really producing behind the scenes. So, this kind of recognition motivates us to work even harder." Victor also recently won Quebec Coach of the Year for a 3rd time in December. Congratulations! Read an article about this award.


Karyanne Lacoursière-Roberge

KARYANNE WINS GOLD AT NATIONALS
GREG ROSSY WINS BRONZE

March 30, 2010

Greg Rossy

Karyanne Lacoursière-Roberge (left) placed first at the Canadian National Wrestling Championships, held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Greg Rossy (right) placed 3rd at the same tournament. Karyanne will be competing at the World Championships this summer in Hungary with the Canadian National Wrestling Team. Congratulations!

Martine Dugrenier.

Also at the at the Canadian Championships, world champion (and Vanier Phys Ed teacher) Martine Dugrenier (left) and Vanier wrestling alum James Mancini (right) won gold medals in their weight categories.

As well, Vanier alumni wrestlers Nikita Chicoine and David Tremblay had bronze medals.

James Mancini

NEWS FROM JANUARY 24, 2010
Vanier wrestlers competed at the Gryphon Tournament of Champions in Guelph Ontario and posted first place results for Jordy Steen (84 kg), Jordan Byers (96 kg) and Greg Rossy (heavyweight) plus a 2nd place result for Karyanne Lacoursière-Roberge (51 KG). They are below, left to right.
Jordie Steen        Jordan Byers        Greg Rossy        Karyanne Lacoursière-Roberge

NEWS FROM DECEMBER 22, 2009
At the Quebec Sports Gala, Vanier Physical Education teachers Victor Zilberman and World Champion Martine Dugrenier were among the top 3 finalists for Quebec Coach of the Year, and Quebec Female Athlete of the Year for all sports. While Martine was not selected for the top award, Victor won the Quebec Coach of Year for the 3rd time. (He previously won in 1982, and 1985). More on Martine. Congratulations to you both!

 

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Victor Zilberman  and  Martine Dugrenier


NEWS FROM DECEMBER, 2009
Our Vanier wrestlers competed at the Kris Kringle tournament in Ontario and posted first place results for Jordy Steen (84 kg), Jordan Byers (96 kg) and Greg Rossy (130 kg) as well as a 2nd place result for Kary-Ann Roberge (All are seen below from left to right).

Jordie Steen     Jordan Byers     Greg Rossy     Karyanne Roberge

NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Our Vanier wrestlers competed last weekend at Beamsville Bucs Invitational Tournament in Ontario. They all placed 1st in their weight categories: Congratulations to Malka Windheim 62 kg; Kary-Ann Roberge 55 kg; Alex Lauzon 87 kg; Jordy Steen 83 kg; Jordan Byers 95 kg. (Below)

Malka Windheim     Karyanne Roberge     Alex Lauzon     Jordie Steen     Jordan Byers

NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 23, 2009
Congratulations to Vanier College wrestlers Jordan Byers (85 kg), Alex Lauzon (86 kg) and Jordy Steen (82 kg) who won gold medals, and Kerry-Ann Roberge (55 kg) Silver (seen at right), and Malka Windheim (60 kg) Bronze at this weekend's Early Bird Wrestling tournament in Hagersville ON, where over 400 wrestlers from Ontario and Quebec participated. All of these wrestlers and also Gregory Rossy (with the exception of Jordy and Malka) represented Quebec at the last August's Canada Games.

Karyanne Roberge
Karyanne Roberge

NEWS FROM NOVEMBER 4, 2009

Greg Rossy (right) of Vanier College won the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the Concordia University Annual Invitational Wrestling tournament held on October 25, 2009.  Karyanne  Roberge (far right) placed 3rd at 48 kg. Over 120 wrestlers from Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes and the US participated in this event. A week later, Greg was named Amateur Athlete of the Week by the Gazette. Find out more.

Greg Rossy  Karyanne Roberge
Greg Rossy and Karyanne Roberge

NEWS FROM SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Without a doubt, Vanier wrestling alumna Martine Dugrenier is currently the most successful woman wrestler in all of Canada. She cemented that reputation by winning her second straight World Championship in her weight category on September 25, 2009 at the World Wrestling Championships held in Herning, Denmark. To find out more and see photos from the gold medal match, click here.

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NEWS FROM JULY 12, 2009

Vanier wrestling alum and 2008 World Champion Martine Dugrenier won yet another Gold Medal, this time at the Spanish Grand Prix held in Madrid. She won in the 67 kg finals after first defeating the American Lauren Knight and then German Jennifer Bünten. As well, her male Vanier alumni counterparts, David Tremblay (55 kg) and James Mancini (60 kg) won Bronze Medals in their respective weight classes. Read the whole story.


NEWS FROM APRIL 9, 2009

Vanier wrestlers performed admirably at the Under-18 National Wrestling Championships held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on the weekend of April 4th and 5th.

Our top results came from Gregory Rossy (seen at top right) who nabbed a silver medal in greco-roman as well as a bronze in freestyle.

Continuing Vanier's tradition of also producing strong women wrestlers, our very own Karyanne Lacoursière (seen at bottom right) won a bronze medal at the Under 18 Nationals in freestyle.

Congratulations to all Vanier wrestlers for yet another strong showing on the national stage. See photos.


Karyanne Lacoursière


NEWS FROM MARCH 2, 2009
Concordia wrestlers and particularly Vanier alumni had a fine showing at the 2009 CIS Canadian University Championships. At the top of the list was David Tremblay (at top right) who not only won Gold in the 61 Kg weight class, but was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Another former Vanier wrestler who was tops in his division was Alex Dyas (at bottom right) who won the Gold Medal in the 90Kg weight class. Other former Vanier wrestlers to mount the podium were David Zilberman who won Bronze in the 130 Kg weight class and Nikita Chicoine won Bronze in the the Women's 67 Kg weight class.

They all helped propel Concordia to one of their best ever team showings in the Canadian Championships. Concordia improved from their 2008 team finish of 10th place to 3rd place this year. Congratulations to the wrestlers for a great showing both on a team as well as on an individual level. Read more.

David Tremblay

Alex Dyas


NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009
Many Vanier wrestling alumni have qualified for the upcoming Canadian National Wrestling Championships thanks to their finishing in either 1st or 2nd place in their categories at the Atlantic University Championships which just concluded in Fredericton, NB. Men's winners included:

Gabriel Choueke
(52 kilograms)
David Tremblay
(61 kilograms)
Serguei Guevorkian
(76 kilograms)
Alex Dyas
(90 kilograms)
David Zilberman
(heavyweight)

On the women's side, Alumna Nikita Chicoine (67 kg) won her event. Nikita is seen at right.

They all advance to the 2009 Nationals which will be held in Calgary on February 28th. Good luck!


 PREVIOUSLY FROM DECEMBER 2008
VANIER WRESTLERS SHINE AT TWO COMPETITIONS
  We're pleased to announce that Gregory Rossy as well as to Karyanne Lacoursière-Roberge, two of Vanier's best current wrestlers, both performed admirably at two recent meets. At the Beamsville Invitational (St. Catherine’s ON) they both finished in first place. Then, at the Quebec Open, Gregory finished in first place while Karyanne finished second. Congratulations to both!

 PREVIOUSLY FROM OCTOBER 2008
MARTINE DUGRENIER WINS GOLD AT 2008 WORLDS!
Martine Dugrenier

Former Vanier wrestler Martine Dugrenier (left), won the Gold Medal in the 67-kilogram class at the world championships which finished in Tokyo on Monday, October 13, 2008. The victory was all the more sweet for Martine following her disappointment at the Beijing Olympics where she lost two close matches, both in the dying seconds.

She was the subject of an article in the Toronto Star as well as many other newspapers. Get the whole story of this great victory.


ALSO FROM OCTOBER 2008: David Tremblay wins at Concordia Invitational
See David Tremblay's results from the Montreal Gazette

Vanier College's very own David Tremblay was first in the 57 kg category at the 2008 Concordia University Invitational Wrestling tournament which finished on October 25, 2008.

See the article that appeared in the Montreal Gazette.


  FROM AUGUST 2008
VANIER WRESTLING ALUMNI GAVE THEIR ALL AT OLYMPICS
Victor Zilberman & Martine Dugrenier

Two former Vanier wrestlers who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics are David Zilberman (left) and Martine Dugrenier (at David's right), both among Canada's top wrestlers.

Martine just missed a shot at the gold medal when she lost in the very last minute to 5-time world champion Kaori Icho and then suffered a similar last-minute loss in the bronze medal match to Randi Miller of the United States. Read more. David lost his match to Kurban Kurbanov of Uzbekistan.


  FROM NOVEMBER 2007:
VANIER WRESTLERS WIN AT CONCORDIA U WRESTLING INVITATIONAL
David Tremblay & Nikita Chicoine
David Tremblay and Nikita Chicoine
The Annual Concordia University Wrestling Invitational was held Sunday, Nov 4. More than 120 athletes from the U.S., Brazil, Ontario, the Maritimes and Quebec participated. Vanier wrestlers as well as wrestling alumni figured prominently in the winners. Concordia's Alex Dyas (82 kg) and Tyler Marghetis (76 kg) won their divisions. For Vanier, Gabriel Choueke (55 kg), David Tremblay (60 kg) and Nikita Chicoine (63 kg) won their weight classes. For the Montreal-YMHA Wrestling Club, David Zilberman (96 kg), Cleo Ncube (72 kg), James Mancini (65 kg) and Nick Ghaeni (68 kg) won their weight classes.

FROM APRIL 2007:

VANIER WRESTLERS DOMINATE AT MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Vanier College hosted this year's Montreal International Wrestling Tournament over the weekend of April 7-8 and took home the lion's share of the medals. Over 120 wrestlers from the U.S. and Canada participated in the event, and almost all of the winners were either current Vanier athletes or alumni of the Vanier Wrestling program under coach Victor Zilberman. See the tournament results at right.


FROM MARCH 2007:
VANIER WRESTLERS WIN GOLD AT NATIONAL JR. CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to
the Vanier College wrestlers who competed at the Junior Canadian National Championships March 17-18, 2007 in Charlottetown, PEI. Our very own David Tremblay won a Gold Medal and was selected as the Outstanding Male Wrestler of the Tournament. Not to be outdone, Nikita Chicoine also won a Gold Medal and was selected as the Outstanding Female Wrestler of the Tournament. Gabriel Choueke won a Bronze Medal.

FROM FEBRUARY 2007: David Tremblay was also the subject of a recent article by Gazette writer Arpon Basu. The article focused on the tremendous success that he's been enjoying at national and international competitions, as well as the important role played by his coach (and Vanier teacher) Victor Zilberman. Read the article in its entirety. Click for
VANIER ALUMNI WRESTLERS SHINE AT INTERNATIONAL TOURNEYS
David Zilberman
David Zilberman
Martine Dugrenier
Martine Dugrenier

Congratulations to Vanier Athletics wrestling alumni David Zilberman and Martine Dugrenier who both have had strong showings over the past three years in international tournaments. At the recent World Championships held in China in October 2006, Martine won her second consecutive silver medal while David placed fifth. In June 2006 in Molgolia, David Zilberman placed 2nd at the World University Championships while Martine placed third.

At the 2004 World University Championships, Martine won the Gold Medal and David placed 2nd. Read more about David and Martine.


CURRENT VANIER WRESTLERS TEAR UP TOURNAMENT CIRCUIT

PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS:

Montrealers Win Six
CP; The Gazette / Published: Monday, February 5, 2007

Montreal wrestlers earned six first-place finishes at the University of Western Ontario Open in London, Ont. during the weekend. Concordia's Tyler Marghetis, Patrick Okpalugo, and women's wrestler Hana Askren topped their weight classes, as did Vanier College's David Tremblay. Nick Gkaeni and Martine Dugrenier of the Montreal YMHA club also took top spots.

Wrestling: Feast of medals
CP; The Gazette / Published: Monday, January 22, 2007

Montreal YMHA Wrestling Club athletes had a strong showing at the annual Guelph University Open this weekend. Misha Japardidze and Martine Dugrenier won gold, Giya Sissaouri and David Tremblay took silver, while Patrick Okpalago grabbed bronze. Meanwhile, 480 wrestlers from Canada and the U.S. competed in the Essex Junior Invitational in Sarnia, Ont. Kulbur Gill of the Montreal YMHA club won gold and Michael Noonan of Vanier College captured silver.

December 2-3, 2006: University of Toronto Open: All three Vanier wrestlers won first place:
1st in 57 kg: David Tremblay
1st in 90 kg: Alex Dyas
1st in Women's 69 kg: Nikita Chicoine - Also voted Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

November, 2006: London, Ontario Junior Invitational. Over 500 wrestlers from across Canada competed in this tournament. Vanier's Michael Noonan won gold, while Gabriel Choueke won silver.

From The Gazette; CP; AP / Published: November7, 2006
SIX MEDALS WON
Six Montreal wrestlers won their respective weight division during the weekend at the McMaster Invitational in Hamilton, Ont. YMHA wrestlers Rajveer Talhan (61 kilograms), Gurveer Talhan (65 kg), Tyler Marghetis (76 kg), Alex Dyas (90 kg) and Hana Askren (48 kg women) won their divisions, as did Vanier College's Nikita Chicoine (59 kg women). Vanier's Gabriel Choueke (54 kg) and David Tremblay (57 kg) finished second. Meanwhile, at the Clansman Invitational in Vancouver, Jamie Mancini of the Montreal YMHA finished third in the 60-kg division.


From The Gazette; CP; AP / Published: October 31, 2006
Wrestling: Quebecers Golden

More than 120 wrestlers from Canada and the United States participated at the Concordia University Annual Invitational held on Sunday, October 29th. Quebec gold medalists were Tyler Marghetis and David Zilberman of Concordia University; Hana Askren, Garveer Talhan and Jamie Mancini of the Montreal YMHA Wrestling Club (and former Vanier wrestler); and Alex Dyas, David Tremblay, Gabriel Cheyveke and Nikita Chicoine of Vanier College.

See full tournament results from the Concordia website.

October 4, 2006: McMaster University Tournament. Alex Dyas and Nikita Chicoine won gold medals dominating their weight classes. Their team-mates David Tremblay and Gabriel Choueke placed second.


MORE ON DAVID ZILBERMAN
David was Athlete of the Year at Vanier College and then went on to Concordia where he received the identical honour as their male Athlete of the Year. He is a 6-time Canadian National Champion.

MORE ON MARTINE DUGRENIER
Martine has won the Canadian Senior National Championships for the last three years. She also received twice Concordia's Athlete -of-the-year honour. View Martine's web page from the Wrestling Canada website.


David Zilberman wins silver
Photo taken at the 2006 FISU World University Championships held in Ulaan Bator Mongolia.
David Zilberman (left in photo) finished 2nd. In the same meet, Martine Dugrenier placed 3rd.

Martine Dugrenie, Coach Victor Zilberman and David Zilberman
Photo from the 2006 World Championships where David (right) placed 5th and Martine (left) was 2nd.
Coach Victor Zilberman is seen in the center.



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