November 21st, 2012
Dorothy Yeats is a goal-oriented person whose aspirations include a career in engineering and an Olympic medal. The Montreal West native is presently enrolled in pure and applied sciences at Vanier College while pursuing a dream of someday representing Canada at the Olympics and is on track to fulfilling both her dreams. Athletically Yeats is certainly on course, she won a gold medal at the 2012 Junior World Championships and a silver medal at the Senior World Championships. She follows an extensive training regime at the YMHA where she is coached by the legendary Victor Zilberman, and the heavy time commitment means less time on schooling. “I take less courses during the school year, usually nine to 10 hours compared to a normal class load of 30,” Yeats said in a recent interview. “After Vanier, I plan to take engineering at either McGill or Concordia. I will most likely do my undergraduate work at Concordia because that seems to be the place that wrestlers end up.” At the Junior World Championships held in Pattaya, Thailand, Yeats was dominating as she recorded four one-sided victories over opponents from Austria, the United States, Japan and Russia. Competing against older, more experienced wrestlers at the Senior Worlds, Yeats’ performance was equally impressive as she defeated wrestlers from China, Azerbaijan and Ukraine before losing to an American in the gold medal match. Yeats results were recently recognized by the Quebec Foundation for Sports Excellence as they awarded her a Saputo bursary of $4,000 in the “Athlete Excellence” category. She was one of 43 student-athletes who were honoured at a downtown press conference last month. Saputo handed out a total of $135,000 that will help defray the costs of training and competition. It marked the 13th year that Saputo has provided funding for Quebec athletes in conjunction with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence. In 2010 the company announced that is was renewing its partnership with the Foundation with a five-year $1 million dollar investment.