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    RIP Paulette Fouillet , 8th dan


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    Post by Jonesy Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:46 pm

    Passing of female judo champion Paulette Fouillet, 8th dan, ‘Grande Dame‘ of French judo

    It is with great sadness that the French Judo Federation announced the passing away of Paulette Fouillet, at the age of 65. Mrs Fouillet was a ‘Grande Dame‘ of French Judo and a pioneer of women's judo. Paulette was promoted to 8th dan just 8 months ago in this way joining the small elite of female 8th dan holders worldwide (Only ten women [4 Japanese, 2 French, 3 British, 1 US] have ever made it to 8th dan, three of them have passed away).

    Paulette was a national coach and technical advisor of the French Judo Federation, and dedicated her life to the development of sport. She was a former European champion and a double silver medal winner at the first world championships for women in New York 1980, where she ended second in the Open class after Belgian Ingrid Berghmans, and second in the +72kg after Italian Margerita de Cal.

    The International Judo Federation announced on its website that the IJF and its President, Mr. Marius Vizer, present their deepest condolences to the French Judo Federation, and to the family and friends of Paulette Fouillet.

    Top athlete from 1974 to 1980, Paulette FouilletPaulette Fouillet was one of the pioneers of women's French judo, becoming European champion at the first European women's competition in 1974. Great technician, the young woman from Maine-et-Loire (France), continued her career in the French Judo Federation integrating the supervision of the French senior team in 1981. In charge of the social monitoring and the studies of athletes, Paulette Fouillet was a real support for a generation of French champions.

    Cause of death was reported as consequences of a prolonged illness.

    Condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

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