Friday, March 4, 2011

Ottawa-area fighter readies for Abu Dhabi bout - Ottawa - CBC News

Ottawa-area fighter readies for Abu Dhabi bout | Mar 4th 2011 7:44 AM

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An Almonte, Ont., martial artist has just one month of training left before the fight of her life.

Alison Tremblay, 20, is set to represent Canada at an international jiu-jitsu event in Abu Dhabi after winning a series of bouts in New Jersey this winter.

"It's exciting, it's nerve-wracking … so many emotions," Tremblay said.

"It's such a great opportunity for our club and for me to go out there and compete against some of the best people in the world."

Tremblay's father Peter, who is also her coach, will be in his daughter's corner at the April event.

He said he's slightly fearful — "I am a dad" — but also excited to see his daughter compete.

"On the mats I feel confident," he said. "I feel Alison is probably they top blue belt in the world for women."

Tremblay's younger brother Michael, who has doubled as a sparring partner during the three years she's trained in the sport, will be following from home.

"It's huge for me," he said. "It feels like I'm going."

Tremblay said fighting with her brother, although with more advanced technique than when they were young, has improved her skills — although she admitted he usually gets the upper hand.

The upcoming championship will be hosted in a brand new stadium that Tremblay expects will be full and "crazy."

Abu Dhabi's crown prince is hosting the event, and has paid for the expenses of every competitor.

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