The Steinbach Judo club is celebrating after successfully hosting a judo competition in La Broquerie which drew competitors all the way from Ontario.
On April 14, the Eastern Manitoba Open Judo competition took place at the St. Joachim School in La Broquerie. The event was open to all classes yellow belt and up. For the beginners levels, this is the final tournament of the season.
Jacinthe Blais with the Steinbach Judo Club is very pleased with the overall participation and results in the first tournament the club has hosted in the region. The event was such a success, ninety-one participants from Ontario and Manitoba came out to participate.
“Our tournament went very well,” stated Blais. “Thirteen athletes from our club won a combined nine medals.”
Blais added the clubs appreciation for William Mckenzie who acted as tournament director.
“William did an excellent job and we had excellent help with the younger fighters,” she noted.
This year’s Judo season will end May 5 with a tournament in Portage La Prairie. While the majority of the club will take a break until the fall, one member has one more significant competition on the horizon. Vincent Blais-Shiokawa will be representing the club at the Canadian Judo Championships taking place July 5 to 8 in Toronto.
The Steinbach Judo Club captured nine medals during a one day tournament recently hosted in La Broquerie. Members who participated in the event include: From front to back and left to right: Ivan Plett, Logan Friesen, Kelden Christ-Bonnell, Kadin Christ-Bonnell, Zachary Wareham, Joshua Birta, Cassedy Reddekopp, William McKenzie (Sensei), Lauren Thompson, Vincent Blais-Shiokawa, Justin Slywchuk, Wyatt Lajoie, Matthew Dick, Rayburn Sonier-McDonald.