Laverdure takes silver at Pan Am championships in Mexico

Brittanee Laverdure got a refresher course last Wednesday on techniques she might encounter on the international wrestling scene.

Brittanee Laverdure got a refresher course last Wednesday on techniques she might encounter on the international wrestling scene.

The Watson Lake native dropped her final bout and took silver at the Pan-American Wrestling Championships in Mexico City.

Since she leaves tomorrow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she’s happy for the lesson.

“It’s a learning experience,” said Laverdure. “I’m leaving on Thursday to Commonwealths and some of the countries like India, and some of the African countries, have these techniques that we don’t normally see all the time.

“So it was kind of good to have something like that at Pan-Ams because I haven’t been up against some of these non-western countries that have different arsenals in their repertoire.”

Laverdure took silver out of 15 wrestlers in the 53-kilogram weight division in Mexico.

She pinned wrestlers from Honduras and El Salvador to win her first two rounds. Laverdure then shut out Venezuela’s Aguis Rivas to reach the gold medal bout where she was pinned by Ecuador’s Angelica Bustos.

“In my first two matches, I ended up pinning them really quickly,” said Laverdure. “Then in my third match against Venezuela, it almost went the full six minutes, but I beat her by technical superiority.

“In the final I was leading by two or three points and thought, ‘This girl feels a little bit offensive, I’d better end this quickly.’ And I kind of rushed a pinning situation and she reversed me … so my arms ended up trapped.”

Along with Laverdure’s, Canada collected 11 medals to win the team event at the Pan-Ams. However, Canada had six wrestlers, including Laverdure, to make a final but took only one gold with Michelle Fazzari in the women’s 60-kilogram class.

“Our couch was disappointed because we had six finalists,” said Laverdure. “We had a lot of injuries. One of our girls, within the first 10 seconds of her match, blew her (posterior cruciate ligament) and is getting surgery Wednesday … Another teammate in the 48-kilogram blew her shoulder in the first 15 seconds of the match – like dislocated it.

“And then I got pinned off this weird move and my coach is just like, ‘Holy cow! What is going on?’

“Not the best finish for Canada.”

Laverdure will compete in the 55-kilogram weight class at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, next week. They will be the first Games of the 32-year-old’s career.

“I want to medal – that’s my expectation,” said Laverdure. “But I’m not stressing about it. If you do what you’re trained to do, the results should flow.

“I’m excited for our team because I think our team will do really well. We have a pretty good line-up.”

Laverdure has also been named to Team Canada for the FILA World Wrestling Championships this September in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

She earned a spot on the team for the 55-kilogram weight class with a pair of wins during world team trials in Guelph, Ont., earlier this month. She then stayed in Guelph to compete at the Canada Cup the next day and took gold in the women’s 53-kilogram division.

The world championships in Uzbekistan will be Laverdure’s fourth in her career. She won a bronze at the 2008 world championships in Japan and also took two fifth-place results at worlds in 2007 and 2012.

Laverdure returned to competition after eight months away following shoulder surgery to win gold in the 53-kilogram weight class at the 2014 Senior National Championships in March. It was her first national title since 2009 when she won in the 55-kilogram class.

Laverdure, who competes out of the Dinos Wrestling Club in Calgary, is not the only Yukoner going to the Commonwealth Games.

Fellow Watson Laker Zach Bell is also on Canada’s roster for the quadrennial event. The two-time Olympian will compete at his third Commonwealth Games in both road and track cycling.

Bell won a bronze medal in the scratch race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. He took in a fifth-place finish at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

Contact Tom Patrick at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read