Provincial judo competition set for Saturday
For the second year in a row, the province's top judoka will jostle for position in Portage.
Between 65 and 80 fighters of all ages from as far west as Virden and as far east as Steinbach are expected to ply their trade at La Verendrye School on Saturday. Competition begins at 11 a.m. and is expected to continue until around 4 p.m.
Spectators are welcome to attend, with no admission being charged.
Portage Judo Club head coach Brian Case said the club is expecting to send its largest contingent to a tournament in the club's history, with over 20 fighters expected to compete for gold.
"If everybody shows up that put their hand up on Tuesday night, we'll have about 22 fighters competing," said Case. "It about 30 per cent more than I've ever had anywhere, I believe."
Three of those fighters - Natasha Burton, Brittany Vlooswyk and Ryan Walker - are in consideration for the provincial team, and provide good chances at gold. However, Vlooswyk has had trouble finding fighters in her division this year, a trend Case hopes reverses this weekend.
"She has had trouble getting competition," said Case. "Last time, there was one other participant in her class, so hopefully she shows up this time."
For more, please see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.