On the weekend of April 5th, four Invermere judokas took part in a Calgary judo tournament, and all four were extremely successful.
Our first fighter was Graham Norquay, showing a great shoulder throw and a reverse take-down, which both resulted in full point wins. Silver was the end result for Graham.
Next up was Emma Norquay, who showed strong techniques when fighting with opponents from a weight group above her regular division. She ended up with a silver medal and lots of experience on how to fight heavier opponents.
Marcia Paget had a very competitive group and she won both her matches by full points. Her ability to switch from a forward throw to a backwards throw really worked well against her opponents. Gold was the reward for Marcia.
Our final fighter was Mackenzie Dubois. The long day in the gym did not dampen her spirits as she fought with intensity. She won her first match with a half point score and the second match had a half point score for a throw followed by a half point score for pinning her opponent. Another gold was the result.
Four fighters and four medals! The Invermere judo team was definitely noticed by all who attended the tournament in Calgary.
The club also had several judoka competing in a tournament on Saturday, April 12th in Vernon (the tournament took place after this column was submitted). Let’s hope the momentum continues. See you on the tatame!