Jimmy Lapointe grapples with instructor Robert Biernacki during Island Top Team practice at the Nanaimo Athletic Club last year. Lapointe is putting on a pair of I Love Dads fundraisers in March to benefit Nanaimo's Men's Centre.

Jimmy Lapointe grapples with instructor Robert Biernacki during Island Top Team practice at the Nanaimo Athletic Club last year. Lapointe is putting on a pair of I Love Dads fundraisers in March to benefit Nanaimo's Men's Centre.

Jiu-jitsu athlete wants to make difference for men

Jimmy Lapointe of Island Top Team is putting on two events as part of his I Love Dads fundraiser for Nanaimo's Men's Centre.

An international-level jiu-jitsu athlete is advocating again for Nanaimo dads.

Jimmy Lapointe of Island Top Team is entered in the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Los Angeles in mid-March, but before he goes, he wants to try to make a difference to men on the mid Island.

Lapointe is putting on two events as part of his I Love Dads fundraiser for Nanaimo’s Men’s Centre – a pub night at Fibber Magee’s on Sunday (March 1), then a yoga session at OmTown Yoga the following week.

Lapointe, a purple belt middleweight, won gold at an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation event in Seattle in the fall and will be competing in his second Pan-Ams as part of an Island Top Team contingent in L.A. from March 11-15. Going to such a high-profile competition gives Lapointe the opportunity to try to, in turn, raise the profile of a Nanaimo organization that’s made a difference in his life.

“The men’s centre has helped me so much during a lot of emotional stress that I’ve gone through and am going through with my separation and with my kids and just in life,” he said. “They’re there for a variety of different reasons. It’s not just going through a separation – there’s other aspects of life that can cause a lot of stress for men and they’re there.”

There is no cover charge to come to Sunday’s pub night, from 8-10 p.m. at Fibber’s, located on Selby Street.

“It’s not about even making a donation; it’s just coming, meeting people and becoming aware of what the men’s centre can do,” Lapointe said.

The following Sunday, March 8, will be ‘karma’ yoga, by donation, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. at the OmTown studio on Commercial Street.

For more information about the I Love Dads fundraisers, please visit http://themenscentre.ca/i-heart-dads-fundraiser/ or e-mail jimmylapointe@ymail.com.

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