Jean takes Canada silver

Jessica moved to Canada less than seven years, and she is now one of the top young lifters in that country. Over the past couple of weeks, Jessica competed in the 2015 Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Contesting the women’s 58kg class, she snatched 79kg and had a 95kg lift in clean and jerk. Her total lift was 174kg earned her 25 points and the silver medal.

Jessica trains with the Kanama HP/Toronto Weightlifting Club and holds a number of Ontario records in various weight divisions. She turned out for Canada at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Kanan, Russia, and is aiming for a berth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The best overall lifter at the 2014 Ontario juniors, Jessica has also been awarded a scholarship of sorts, through the Ontario Athlete Assistance Program, OAAP.

Funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), Quest for Gold – OAAP is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy – that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition – by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions.

As a junior, Jessica has been awarded a half card under the auspices of the Ontario Weightlifting Association. 

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