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Randy's Rookies showcases local sports talent.
Randy Tieman introduces you to the best up and coming athletes in Quebec.
We are always on the lookout for new talent, so if you know a great amateur athlete in your community, email Randy today and they may end up being profiled as one of Randy's Rookies!
After ten years in the pool Marshal Dubourd is breaking records that have stood since before his parents were alive -- and coaches say his best years are yet to come.
Randy's Rookies meets up with a blazing-hot young racer.
Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, 18, is already a veteran champ.
Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger, 18, is already a veteran champ
A Dawson student has developed some championship rowing habits.
Sixteen-year-old St. Hubert-based Savannah Toussaint-Levesque's hurdling abilities have been improving by leaps and bounds.
Andrew has more than 100 trophies in his garage. Not bad for a 17-year-old who took four years away from the sport.
Emma-Lee di Giovanni, a gold medallist in taekwondo at the Junior Pan Am Games, has a new goal - getting to the Olympics.
It’s fair to say the Impact is keeping a close eye on 17-year-old midfielder Logan Mootosamy, who is the focus of this week’s Randy Rookies.
A star football player from Champlain gets spotlighted this week on Randy’s Rookies.
A Vanier Cheetah who puts a huge effort into training is featured this week.
The outperforming NDG baseball squad has a star at its hot corner.
DeOndra Green is a 12-year-old sprinter who places first in the province for the 60 and 150 metres.
This teen decided four years ago to take his BMX bike riding to the next level.
Cougar Kirby is one of the top high school lacrosse players in Canada, earning him a full scholarship to a prep school in the states.
It only took one practice, not even a game, for Audrey Marcotte to get hooked on rugby.
Audrey has been playing rugby for just three years and was named rookie of the year at McGill.
Dana Raffoul is magic on the dance floor no matter the style. From pas de deux to pop and lock, there isn't a trick she doesn't have in her bag.
Dexter Stacey was born to drive NASCAR. He's this week's Randy's Rookie
Good riders need to bond with their animal, and Eryka Faucher and Calzador have that link.
Kira, Adrian and Emil are a force in the pool.
Christian Redmond-Kannon is in his final year on the Felix Leclerc high school basketball team.
A wrester on the rise, Vincent De Marinis won silver at the junior nationals last March, now he’s ready for the seniors.
It was in here genes. Bantam A hockey player Victoria Hankewicz's entire family played hockey, she had no choice but to play.
One ferocious young force on the kenpo karate scene is on the rise in Terrebonne, and she's only eight-years-old.
This week Randy Tieman looks at Quebec tennis player Graham Ball.
Running away to join the circus is exactly what Michelle Dvorkin did when she was still in elementary school.
Michelle convinced her family to move to Montreal and let her join the circus when she was 9 years old.
Randy's Rookies: Fourteen-year-old Nelson Sanchez of the Dominican Republic has shown a natural talent for figure skating since arriving in Canada four years ago.
Eric plays a version of bocce specifically designed for people in wheelchairs.
At only ten years old, Sara Giard is a star tumbler and is starting to be noticed at the national level.
Randy reports on a young athlete that has become a leading battler in the sport of jiu-jitsu
The 14-year-old is one of the best in the world, just two years after taking up the high jump.
William Boisjoli loves strapping on a snowboard and zipping down a hill. He started seven years ago and remembers his first time like it was yesterday.
Parkour is acrobatics in an urban environment, and Isaac Loveday is a master at overcoming obstacles.
Jason Di Biasi has a very active family that loves hockey. His siblings are crazy for the sport and have played since they were little, but Jason has only been playing for the past two years.
All athletes, even champions, start at the bottom.
Nobody knows this better than Steven Moore, who is one of the top five fencers in Canada.
Kiefer has been climbing rocks since he was 8 years old.
The Rubik’s cube: for most people it's a device that drives them absolutely crazy. Competitive speed solver Vince Capocelli, however, makes it look so easy.
One Montreal teenage wanted to play roller derby so bad that she launched her own team, which is now prospering with 20 players.
Montreal has produced its fair share of Olympic swimmers and Adrian Saplywyj might just be the next one.
One young Montreal is hoping that her sport, handball, rises in popularity.
It’s not often you find a cross-fit athlete, but it is becoming more and more popular. Lara Stefanatos is quickly becoming one of the best at a very young age.
"He's been bowling every Saturday in the league since he was five," said his mother Carla Sturman. "He absolutely loves it."
This year she broke her own provincial record, winning bronze at the Royal Canadian Legion Championships when she set a new mark of 11.28 metres, one which would put her on top of the world for her age group.
Dusted off from the bar room floor, some may find it hard to believe, but there has been talk that foosball may one day become an Olympic sport.
It didn't take Darby Delle Donne long to realize that riding a horse was something she wanted to do.
Benoit was just four years old the first time his father strapped him into a parachute and jumped into thin air.
Kirsten Frantz loves to dance, bike, swim and ski. But when it comes to competition, she is literally following in her sister's footsteps.
Aiming higher and higher, champion pole-vaulter Brittany Salmon has her sights set on the Canada Games and competitions beyond.
Many mothers would be reluctant to hear that their children were getting into fistfights, but Kevin Ercolano's mother was actually the person who encouraged him to take up boxing.
Inspired by the best cyclists in the world Griffin got his first race bike when he was ten years old.
Sophie Marier is a champion canoe racer, but she only picked up a paddle in competition by complete fluke.
The Pidgeon twins are two of a kind: both love rugby, and both are very focused.
Amelia Pietrangelo's mother knew from an early age that her daughter was very active.
She’s an elite athlete who’s strong at cycling, swimming and running. Meet Amelie Katz.
A young Montrealer has been flying high since choosing to toss Frisbees in a competitive manner.
Aurelie Rivard is excited to be off to the Paralympics, after winning a half dozen provincial gold medals.
Montreal teen Rebecca Adelson has her sights set on sailing in the next Olympics in Rio.
These rowers do everything together – and have their sights set on the Canada Games.
When it comes to Bridget Kelly and baseball, you might say it's in her DNA. The Pee Wee AA player is a strong force on her baseball team.
Randy's Rookies presents a youngster fast making a name for himself on the race track.
He’s only 14, and Alex Moore is already a national wrestling champion.
Ready, aim, shoot.
Simple instructions, but a lot harder to implement in real life when it comes to firing an arrow at a target.
Max Schapowal has been selected to be part of Canada's national water polo team training camp; not bad for someone who took up the sport only two years ago.
One young Montrealer has chosen to explore the waters of the world from beneath the waves.
Carl Rodrigue got hooked on karate when he was just 7 years old.
It takes strength, power and technique to be a great weightlifter -- and Jesika Deslauriers has all three.
An unknown neuro-muscular disorder might have put Alison Levine into a wheelchair, but it couldn't keep her away from contact sports, in the form of wheelchair rugby.
It's an anxious moment for most sprinters, getting ready to explode from the starting blocks, but this is what Nigel Navaratnarajah lives for.
Vincent Sieu is a terror at the ping pong table, in July he'll be a challenger for the national title at the vigorous age of 10.
Squash is hard, fast, and unforgiving.
David Baillargeon is very, very good at it.
She's passionate and she's fierce, and she's a young netball player to watch. Santana Fletcher is this week's Randy's Rookie.
Next week she will be heading to Victoria, BC for her first Junior National Championship, and during that competition she hopes to cement her place on the Canadian Junior National Team.
Volleyball player Gabriel Chancy has also been a step ahead when it comes to the sport of volleyball, and it's something Volleyball Quebec noticed when they named him Athlete of the Year in 2010.
13-year-old Monica Lubczynski is one of the best fencers in Quebec even though she only first picked up a sword two years ago.
Quebec's Jade Taillon has won a gold medal at national and international competitions, but the 15-year-old taekwondo expert won't be satisfied until she wins Olympic gold.
Speed skaters usually focus on going long, or staying short, but 18-year-old Lea Thibault just can't seem to make up her mind.
Hockey scouts are always looking for two-way players who know how to maintain their position.
Being able to score is an added bonus. So maybe it's time for them to look at ringette.
This weekend mogul skier Tania Taddeo will be competing in the Junior National Championships in Lac Beauport.
"To be honest I really didn't expect to make the team. It was sort just getting there to get the experience," said Ky.
The four young men who make up Team Asselin are provincial champions, routinely holding their own against players twice their age.
13-year-old Ingrid Gendron has a need for speed, which is altogether appropriate for one of Quebec's most promising ski racers.
Tempers boiled over at Habs practice Tuesday as assistant coach Randy Ladouceur went on an F-bomb laced tirade on Scott Gomez not once, but twice.
Deziray Desousa is proving that teenaged girls have just as much right to be on the ice as anyone else.
Thirteen-year-old Hayley and nine-year-old Shannon are at Wimgym almost every day of the week, and so is their mother.
It's not all that hard to find Marie-Eve and Frederique Cigna. They're in a pool six days a week.
Bennet Toman's secret to bagging figure skating titles might lie in his ability to handle his nerves.
One girl's enthusiasm for extreme cheerleading has proved contagious for those around her.
National chess champion Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte says if you want to win at chess, you have to be aggressive.
Montreal's interim head coach earned his first victory after the Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Quebec's top ballroom dancers had to conquer some geography issues before they could start hauling home the medals.
Chemistry is essential in all team sports, but it is when two people have to move elegantly and display a range of emotions.
He got involved in the game when he was just five years old and tagged along to watch his dad coach.
The sheer talent exhibited by Alex Bianchini and Alexandra Mocanu has shuttled them to the top of the provincial rankings.
When it comes to sports that rely on pure brawn arm wrestling is as simple as it gets.
The three-time Eastern Canadian champion has been riding for more than a decade, and has forged a good relationship with her four-legged teammate.
Karine Dufour is leaping to London this weekend.
The "Little Red Tiger" has been practicing judo since she was 5 years old, and she's got Olympic ambitions.
The John Abbott College student has been playing golf since her mother began taking her to the driving range nine years ago.