Judo club brings home medals

The Williams Lake Judo Club competed at the Prince George Open Judo Tournament on April 21 at the Civic Centre.

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.”

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