Teacher wins silver at world judo competition

GUELPH – Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute teacher Amanda McAlpine recently competed in the Veterans World Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

McAlpine is an award-winning Judo competitor and took home a silver medal in the Judo over 78kg category.

Reflecting on this competition, McAlpine said, “It was an incredible experience to compete in the Veterans World Championships. 

“It felt so great to see the time in and hard work pay off. Competing on a world platform with amazing athletes from all over the world was beyond expectation.”

McAlpine said training for an event like this “can be gruelling and exhausting… and the physical act of being thrown, pinned or submitted over and over again can be incredibly challenging.

“Training consists of five to six days per week … sometimes twice per day with conditioning/weight training…and tournaments leading up to Worlds.”

When not teaching, training or competing, McAlpine runs the STRONG program through UGDSB Continuing Education. It is designed to support students using a holistic approach that encourages physical, emotional and intellectual development with a focus on well-being and personal development.