After an amazing performance at the recent Balmoral Open in Stonewall, the Steinbach Judo Club is gearing up to compete locally.
On March 24, nine members of the Steinbach Judo Club came home with medals after a tough day of judo completion. The one day event hosted eighty-five judo competitors.
Jacinthe Blais says she is very proud of her students.
“We are a smaller club but our students are enthusiastic and work really hard,” stated Blais. “William Mckenzie did an excellent job coaching and we had excellent help with the younger fighters.”
By the end of the event members of the club lived up to their reputation as hard working athletes by coming home with several medals. Among the top contenders were: Kaden Christ-Bonnell (New Bothwell); Logan Friesen (Mitchell); Zack Wareham (Mitchell), Matthew Dick (Steinbach); Lauren Thompson (Mitchell); Wyatt Lajoie (Steinbach); Maxime Roy-Morier (Ste. Anne); Vincent Blais-Shiokawa (Ste. Anne); and Donald Hiebert (Steinbach).
Now that the Balmoral Open is over, the club is preparing for one of the last events of the year. On April 14, the Eastern Manitoba Open Judo competition is taking place at the St. Joachim School in La Broquerie. The event is open to all classes yellow belt and up. For the beginners, this is the final tournament of the season.
With the event taking place in La Broquerie, Blais hopes that local parents and possible students take in the event and consider joining the club.
“There are still a lot of misconceptions about judo and sometimes watching changes that,” Blais noted. “We would like to see more students participating in this amazing sport.”
This year’s Judo season will end May 5 with a tournament in Brandon however new students are welcome to join in the fall.
Members of the Steinbach Judo Club did very well during their last completion in Stonewall. The team consisted of Wyatt Lajoie, Kadin Christ-Bonnell, Logan
Friesen, Zachary Wareham; Back row: Sensei William McKenzie, Lauren Thompson, Maxime Morier-Roy,Vincent Blais-Shiokawa and Donald Hiebert, referee.