Exit prejudices and extra pounds

Jasmin Tremblay has always been an athlete. The 6’3 “tall fellow also made volleyball his high stature during his high school years and then on the college AA team. Boxing had always attracted him, but like many people, he was prejudiced against the sport of combat. It will ultimately be the desire to lose weight that will incite him to embark on and develop a true passion for the noble art.
“I always did a lot of sport, but in my early twenties, with the work and the arrival of children, like many people I fell into idleness. I was playing slow ball, but we do not lose a lot of weight in this sport, he laughs in an interview. At the age of 30, I weighed between 290 and 295 pounds. I was looking for a sport that would allow me to lose weight, but I did not want to start again in a team sport. I always wanted to try boxing. It was a sport that attracted me, but it was more a question of prejudice, “says the one who, at the time, had in mind scenes from Rocky.

“When I met Michel (Desgagné), he told me to come and try and have fun. And that’s how I started. I lost 65 pounds in six months! ”

From one point to another, the Saguenéen trained, but he wanted to go to another stage. “I started putting on the gloves. Michel and Denis Gravel started doing a little sparing and I liked that. About a year and a half later, I started the competition. In 2013, I made my first provincial competition with the Bronze Gloves. Then I won the 2014 Silver Gloves Provincial Championships in the senior 200 pounds. ”

In addition to being physically fit, Jasmin Tremblay enjoys the serenity that comes with boxing. “A sport like boxing wins between the two ears at 90%. It takes a great strength of character. Me, it brings me a calm that I did not have. It really empties the mind and the energy. With all the stress of today, it takes that, “he says.

The happiness of training

If he is still active as a boxer, opportunities to put the gloves in competition are more rare at his age. Last year he had lost 30 pounds for a Golden Gloves fight, but he won by default for lack of an opponent.

This is why he is moving more and more towards “coaching”, his new passion. “I like getting involved, teaching and coaching. It’s in my nature; I always did it. In addition, I’m lucky to have Michel Desgagné with me. We can not have a better mentor than that in Quebec and he always does it with such passion. He is a great mentor and we are lucky to have him here, “says the one who is full of praise for the great manitou of the Chicoutimi Boxing Club.

Coaching allows her to share her knowledge with people of all ages. “There is no age to box,” he insists. The person who arrives here, whether it’s the boy or the 15-year-old girl or the 40-year-old gentleman who wants to get in shape, I’ll go with him. “At the Chicoutimi club, he quotes inspirational models like Alain Champagne who won the Golden Gloves at 56 and André Couture who, at the age of 60, won the bronze gloves at the masters last year. “I’m part of the coaching team for beginners on Tuesdays and Thursdays and next year, I want to go to take charge of the competition team with Michel (Desgagné). So it’s far from over! ”

When he entered boxing nine years ago, Jasmin Tremblay never thought he would “contaminate” his entire family. His two sons, Gabriel and Anthony, compete in boxing while his spouse, Marie-Claude Simard, plays cardiobox and works at the Chicoutimi Boxing Club.

“In a family life, if there is a child playing hockey, the whole family revolves around it. The kids were playing soccer, I was in boxing and my girlfriend was karate. We were all scattered. It did not work. Finally, everyone loved boxing, “says Jasmin Tremblay.

His eldest, Gabriel, was looking for another sport, having played soccer since he was five years old. “At 12, I brought him to the club. Then, Felix started at age eight because he wanted to follow his big brother. Both have progressed. Felix is ​​in boxing sport and he participated in the Bronze Gloves for his first provincial cadet competition. At 6’1 ”, 188 pounds, I think we’re going to have trouble finding him an opponent! “As for Gabriel, he competed at the Canada Games and was in Victoria, BC, where he lost by decision at the Canadian Championships.

For his part, his wife, Marie-Claude Simard, left the tatami. “She got her black belt four years ago and she left karate to join us in boxing. She plays recobox with Denis Gravel and is now working as an administrative assistant for the club. (Boxing), it’s a big family story for the Tremblay! “Jokes Jasmin laughing.

The paternal admits of course having “daddy stress” when he sees his sons in the arena, but he is able to balance things out. “I understand them and I know what they experience in training, in combat stress. I know sport and I can analyze the fight, but it does not stress me. I still have dad’s stress, but as I do, I’m able to relativize. ”

Nice meeting

Jasmin Tremblay does not regret having thrown herself into boxing. “I think it’s a nice family trip. We meet so many good people in this sport. We made so many friends. I want it to continue and for my children, I hope they will continue in there, “said the colossus with a big heart.

The latter deplores that the sports prejudice of “bums” sticks again to boxing. “It’s like any other sport, but most of the young people we have here who are dedicated to this sport are disciplined. You can not box if you do not have a discipline and a balance of life. It takes parents present, a family that supports and young people who give themselves for their sport. It is wrong to say that it is a sport of bums. An athlete who wants to develop and go to the Olympics can not afford to be a little bum. It would not work. It is a demanding sport on the physical and psychological level. It’s very hard to mentally prepare for a fight. People have no idea what it means to get into a ring and face a person face to face. There are things going on in our heads. “

Alan Carter
Alan Carter
Alan Carter has been a reporter on the news desk since 2015. Before that she wrote about young adolescents and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Alan Carter worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.