The Campbell River Judo Club hosted its fourth annual judo tournament last Saturday and took home several medals.
The club dojo, with its two mat areas, was the scene of competition for approximately 60 judoka in 15 different age and weight categories.
Teams from Victoria, Mill Bay and Nanaimo plus the local host club participated.
Campbell River’s club came away with a total of 17 metals: six gold, eight silver, and three bronze.
In the novice white belt divisions Finley Goodliffe and Joel Idiens claimed gold, while Marcus Petersen, Brody Warner, James LeBlanc and Bryn Girvin claimed silver. Klyee Doherty, in her very first tournament, fought her way to a bronze.
In the advanced coloured belt divisions Owen Wellard, Anthony Henry, Wyatt Huggins and Kelsey Painter achieved a golden moment. Patrick Connors, Braydon McClary, Jake Minsky and Hayley John fought their ways to silver metals. Jordann Warner and Thomas Connors placed third in their divisions to claim bronze.
The performances by the Campbell River Judo Club judoka were very good, with some excellent matches and spectacular throws.
The kids were able to complete techniques, which are practiced over and over in their regular classes. Judo is easy when your practice partner lets you complete a throw, but it is much harder to do when your opposition doesn’t want to be thrown.
The next tournament for the local club members is at the Richmond, B.C. Oval in February.
The Campbell River Judo Club welcomes anyone to come to its practices. More information is available on Facebook or the website, www.crjudoclub.com