A member of the Steinbach Judo Club has come home with a bronze medal after competing in the Canadian Senior and Junior Judo Championships in Toronto.
On May 19, Judo competitor Vincent Blais-Shiokawa from Ste. Anne competed in two categories when he participated in Canadian Senior and Junior Judo Championships, otherwise known as the Ontario Open. Blais-Shiokawa competed in the event as a member of Team Manitoba which consisted of seven men and one woman. The entire event drew close to four hundred competitors. In the category of U20 for Men, - 66 kg, he earned a third place medal after three wins against Saskatchewan, and two Ontario competitors. His only loss was against Quebec. In the category of Senior Men -66kg, Blais-Shiokawa came in fifth after winning two rounds then losing two rounds.
Earlier in the month, members of the Steinbach Judo Club participated in the Portage Open (for U11 & U13) and Manitoba Provincial Championships on May 5 in Portage la Prairie. All three local athletes competed in a group of fifty and each came home with medals.
Cassedy Reddekopp of Mitchell won her first gold medal in the Under 11 category. Wyatt Lajoie from Steinbach also9 placed in the Men – 66 / 60 kg category.
All three members of the Steinbach Judo Club who recently competed in Portage La Prairie came home with medals. The team includes(l-r)Wyatt Lajoie, Cassedy Reddekopp and Vincent Blais-Shiokawa; back: William McKenzie (sensei) and Donal Hiebert (referee).