The Williams Lake Judo Club competed at the Prince George Open Judo Tournament on April 21 at the Civic Centre.
The local club sent nine competitors, its highest turnout for a tournament yet.
The team’s youngest athlete was Brody Wilson, 6.
“As a white belt (beginner) he was not allowed to fight (Judo Canada rules), so there was a demonstration division with other white belts, and no winners or losers,” said Williams Lake Judo Club Sensei Jeff DiMarco.
The other juniors who competed were:
• Jaeden Wilson — bronze.
• Georgia DiMarco — silver.
• Linden Hay — fourth.
• Drake Henderson — bronze.
• David Russell — gold.
Furthermore, older junior men and seniors competed from the local club. The results are:
• Rudy Klaue, Dean Demers, Jeff DiMarco — bronze.
Wilson, Hay, Henderson and Russell were all first-time competitors, DiMarco said, adding they faired very well.
“Overall it was a good day, a good experience and everyone fought well — especially the first timers,” DiMarco said. “Some were a bit disappointed and others were happy with their performances.
“Tournaments are a great place to test yourself, and win or lose, you learn lots by competing and it hopefully helps you for the next tournament.”