Cassia Riches (left) and Marnie Rainbow were this year’s Debbie Seel Achievement Award winners.                                Photo by Jeanette Riches

Cassia Riches (left) and Marnie Rainbow were this year’s Debbie Seel Achievement Award winners. Photo by Jeanette Riches

Rest time for Invermere’s judokas after busy spring

Local Judo club had busy end of season this year

Summer is here and this is the rest time for most of our judokas. We had a very busy spring. Daniel Traverse and Rebecca Davis participated at the Raymond Katsuda Cup Tournament, a very large junior competition with over 160 juniors participating. Being yellow belts, both Daniel and Rebecca had a Round Robin competition, showing their skill in winning most of their bouts and receiving participation medals. Congratulations, your throwing techniques were well demonstrated. Bob Gadsby and Hermann were there as coaches.

May 8th was the annual Judo Picnic, held at the Mount Nelson Athletic Park. Judokas and parents enjoyed a soccer game followed by hotdogs and other goodies. A short review of the year was given by sensei Hermann Mauthner and then the Debbie Seel Achievement Award was presented to Cassia Riches and Marnie Rainbow for their most improved knowledge of Judo over the year.

May 25-28 , the Canadian Judo Championship was held in Calgary. Unfortunately our B.C. Team member Graham Norquay had to withdraw, due to an injury while training a week before. But he was there to cheer on his sister Emma and the rest of the B.C. Team. Emma, who had the unfortunate draw on the first match out of a group of 19 in this weight category, to meet with the eventual bronze winner and at the second match the gold medallist. Almost all of Invermere’s senseis and some parents were present to cheer on Emma, the Kootenay judokas and the B.C. Team. It was a well organized and exciting tournament, with well known Olympians Nicholas Gill and Antoine Valois-Fortier attending. His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi gave an inspiring address to the athletes, volunteers, organizers and Judo Canada. He then was awarded an honorary black belt at which he joked he “would never take it off.”

Most of the judokas go on cross training during the summer; Cassia and Marnie will attend a judo camp in the Okanagan.

2017 is a memorable Judo season, it marks 50 years of Judo in Invermere. An anniversary celebration will be held at the start of the new season in September.

Congratulations to all for a good season and see you on the tatame.

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read