Judo club hauls home medals

The Campbell River Judo club has found success despite the death of a coach

The Campbell River Judo Club has been busy this month, first at the Richmond oval (March 7 and 8) and then at the West Edmonton Mall (March 13, 14, 15).

The Pacific International tournament provided the first haul of medals,.

The team of Sensei’s Yule and Petersen started out the harvest with a gold and silver in two kata forms. A first place was achieved by Anthony Henry and a silver medal went to Kelsey Painter.

Bronze medals were won by Haley Henry and by Wyatt Huggins.  Junior members were to travel on Saturday morning, to fight on Sunday, with coach Volker Pfeifer. It was with deep sadness that the team did not arrive as Coach Pfeifer passed away unexpectedly early Saturday before the team’s departure. The Campbell River Judo Club greatly misses Sensei Pfeifer.

The following weekend, the club travelled to the Edmonton International Tournament. Once again Senseis Yule and Petersen lead off the medal haul by winning a silver in Katame-no-kata.

U10 and U12 team members Ethan Crowhurst, Abby Sheehan, Marcus Petersen, Lane Huggins, Olivia Sheehan, and Linden Hicks all received gold medals for participation. Jamaliya Wellard and Haley Henry both won their two matches and achieved gold. Jordann Warner was a bronze medal winner. Tommy Pfeifer lost only one of his five matches, but had to settle for a bronze medal. Painter was second in her division.

Quinn Golobar was golden in winning all three of his matches. His semi-final match he won literally with only one second left.

The last medal of the day, a gold, went to Sensei Bruce Henry. Daniel Henry, Chris Petersen, David Crowhurst, Bob Symthe, Jason Wellard, Wyatt Huggins, Misky, Jacob Hicks, Kylie Huggins and Owen Wellard all put forth great efforts in their matches but didn’t place in the medals. On the second day the Campbell River club had three competitors on the mats. Painter continued her winning ways via a gold medal and Tyson Hicks and Anthony Henry also competed on Sunday but came short of the medals.