With possibly the largest contingent from Williams Lake ever, the Williams Lake Judo Club tossed its weight around at a tournament in Burnaby Dec. 5.
Eight fighters travelled to the Lower Mainland for the 2015 Canada West Invitational Judo Championships.
“It was great to see the commitment,” said WLJC Sensei Jeff DiMarco.
Brian Marshall won two matches and lost one to finish with a silver medal in the novice men heavyweight division. Brian picked up wins over Langley’s Seung Park and White Rock’s Rene McLaren in the tournament.
In the under-16 boys, 60-kilogram division, Brody Pelchat-Henri marched through his tournament bracket to also toss his way to a silver medal.
Brody brought home a win over Abbotsford’s Alexandre Caron, before falling in the final to Jared Allred.
WLJC Sensei Jeff also won a silver medal in the senior men’s division after a win over Kensington’s Brian Jones and a loss to Port Coquitlam’s Matt Roots in the final.
Additionally, Tristan Pelchat-Henri, Georgia DiMarco and Anthony DiMarco all walked away from the tournament with bronze medals.
Sean Marshall, meanwhile, picked up three wins and two losses, giving him the most fights out of anyone from the club, DiMarco said.
“He ended up losing out a close match for bronze,” Jeff said. “He was disappointed but he got the most workout, monies worth.”
Sean’s brother, Liam, had four matches but came up empty, Jeff said.
“He says he wants to train harder, so that bodes well for his future,” he said.
It was just Brody and Tristan’s second competition and DiMarco said they’re improving constantly and “getting the fire, too.”