The Invermere Judo Club and the other judo organizations are getting used to the new LTAD guidelines.
Upcoming tournaments are being organized.
The Fernie tournament was the first one our club participated in a long while as a group.
We are enjoying a membership of about 60 with many new juniors and seniors.
On January 22, 13 junior and senior members travelled to Fernie to compete at the very friendly and pleasant tournament.
Fernie organizers expected 60 competitors but had over 90, so it took a little longer for the finish which was the team competition.
We won the trophy last year but could not regain the title this year.
We did not have enough competitors of our own and had to “borrow” some willing fighters from Fernie and from Raymond.
Thank you, we really appreciated their effort.
The individual results were impressive with eight gold, three silver and 2 bronze medals.
The cheering and support from parents and athletes was tremendous.
It all started with Graham’s spectacular seo nage, shoulder throw, for ippon and that three times in a row.
This show of technique and enthusiasm continued with all our athletes to the final match, thanks to the coaching by Karen Sharp and Dennis Wass.
This was an encouraging start for the upcoming tournament season.
The gold medal winners were, William Clark, Kody Brunner, Graham Norquay, Dylan McIntosh, Blake Gulbe, Aviva Rosenfeld, Mackenzie Dubois and Stacey McIntosh. Silver medal winners were Finley Redhead, Marcia Paget and Emma Norquay (both had to compete in a boys’ division).
Bronze medal winners were Brayenna Murray and Dylan Rozak.
Congratulations and see you on the tatame.