Judoka gets experience

Williams Lake Judo Club member Rudy Klaue was the lone lakecity judoka to compete Feb. 16-17 at the Richmond Oval in a judo tournament.

Williams Lake Judo Club member Rudy Klaue was the lone lakecity judoka to compete Feb. 16-17 at the Richmond Oval in a judo tournament.

Klaue fought in the under-18 age group, in the 81-kilogram weight division.

Williams Lake Judo Club sensei Jeff DiMarco said Klaue fought well, despite losing both his matches.

“No medal placing, but he felt he fought well and dominated his opponents, almost arm-barring them both but ended up short with a couple mistakes and maybe not enough killer instinct,” DiMarco said.

“Chock it up to a lack of tournament experience because he is definitely strong at the club.”

The Williams Lake Judo Club practices weekly at its club located on Mackenzie Avenue, and has plans in the works to host its annual fundraising event — the Williams Lake Judo Club Throw-A-Thon.

Athletes at the throw-a-thon receive pledges, then get together to practice throws on one another for exceptionally long periods of time consecutively.