On March 24th, the Ottawa Open Armwrestling Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. One of the highlights of the event was the kids tournament that started off the day. A total of 27 kids aged 5 through 17 years of age took part. They were divided into six different classes, as fairly as possible (considering age, gender, and weight).
Three different sized tables were used for the tournament. The smallest table was 25.5” high, and the table top was 18” by 24” with 5” square elbow pads. The pin lines were 1” higher than the elbow pads, rather than the standard 2”. The medium table was 35.5” high, with a 20” by 30” table top. The elbow pads were 6” square and the pin lines were 1.5” higher than the elbow pads. The biggest table was standard size. Risers were available for anyone who needed one.
The next class was the biggest of the tournament: the 8 and 9-year-olds. Nine kids were in this class. Habree Larratt was the top puller in this division, flashing all opponents with both arms. The Roussin twins, Luca and Alec, each won a second place trophy – Alec with the right and Luca with the left.
The third class consisted of 11 to 13-year old boys. Four kids were in this group. Mattéo Roussin, the youngest competitor in the class, managed to take second with his right, but he could not beat 13-year-old Auden Larratt, who was the champion with both arms.
The fourth group included three girls aged 11 to 12. Maïka Berriault showed that she had the right stuff and took first in the right hand category, but Alison Brulotte was able to beat her to take the left hand class.
The fifth class only included two competitors who were of the same age (15) and similar weight: Milo Larratt and Mégane Brulotte. Though Mégane put up a valiant effort, Milo won with both arms.
The sixth and final group consisted of 16 and 17-year-old boys. Though only four teens were in the class, there were several amazing matches. In the end David Landry came out on top in the right hand category, while Colin Gale won with the left.
There’s no doubt that the future looks bright for armwrestling in the Ottawa area. And with kids contests already scheduled in the region for May, June, July, and August, the young ones will have plenty of opportunity to hone their skills!