First in the country despite her illness


An athlete from Repentigny must fight with severe asthma while respecting the anti-doping rules

Mérédith Boyer posted her three gold medals at the Quebec Games as she resumed training with the Olympic Athletics Club Lanaudière

A 16-year-old at-risk athlete with a serious asthma attack competes to be first in the country and 30th in the world, as well as having to manage medication for possible doping controls.

La Repentignoise Mérédith Boyer is a real phenomenon.

She won three gold medals at the Thetford Mines Quebec Games, which ended Saturday. She won them in the 1500 meters, 3000 meters and 2000 meters steeplechase.

She also finished more than 14 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, the 3000 meters.

The 16-year-old, however, did not have the same luck two years ago at the Quebec Games in Montreal when she had an asthma attack.

“It was hot and I had trouble breathing while I was running,” said Meredith, who later met a doctor.

She has been diagnosed with asthma since childhood. She still won a bronze medal at this competition.


The scenario was then repeated two weeks later at the Canadian Championships in Sainte-Thérèse.

“I had an asthma attack even though I had used my pumps,” she said. It’s like I’m breathing in a straw. I was suffocating and I was not able to run. “

Meredith Boyer added that she had other asthma attacks later, but they were well supported.

Anti-doping controls

The teenager, however, continued to climb the ladder. In early July, she finished first in Jamaica in the 2000 meters steeplechase, during a competition between Canada and Jamaica, a country known for its riders.

Mérédith is currently ranked first in the country in the 2000 meters steeplechase for female juveniles (16-17 years old). She is also 30th in the world in this category.

This climb will sooner or later lead to anti-doping tests, which is quite complex for asthmatics like her.

Ariane Bouchard, coach of Meredith Boyer, mentions that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) states that the athlete must respect the dosage and the medication that has been prescribed by a doctor.

In the case of the Canadian hope, his doctor gave him the right to an inhalation of 30 minutes before his race. She could also take one after, if she has an asthma attack.

“Doping tests do not scare me. I use my pumps just when I need them, says the 16-year-old. It is not because we have a health problem or disability that we can not do what we love. “

Dr. Stéphane Perron, medical advisor at the Montreal Public Health Department, says he will always recommend that people with asthma take part in sports.

“It’s good for the health of asthmatics, but we need to find a way to control asthma,” said Dr. Perron. And if someone wins prizes in sports, it’s probably that asthma is well controlled. “

Youth Olympic Games

Meredith Boyer hopes to be ranked on the Canadian team that will compete at the Youth Olympic Games next October in Argentina.

This competition brings together the best athletes in the world at age 17 and under.

His personal best of 6:55 in the 2000 meters steeple could qualify him.

It is still far from the best in the world, who run the distance in six minutes.

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