Local judoka claim medals at provincials
Staff photo by Jordan Maxwell... Left to right: Natasha Burton, Makayla Timony and Brittany Vlooswyk show off their medal at the Provincial Judo Club tournament at La Verendrye School on Saturday
Locals from the Portage Judo Club wrestled their way to gold medal at the Provincial Judo Championships at La Verendrye School on Saturday.
Many judoka from the Portage Judo Club walked away with medals over some tough competition.
In all, 15 of the 18 fighters from the under-13 class right up to senior won medals.
In the under-13 division, Keegan Tennant won gold in the under-34-kg class, while Carter Friesen won silver in the same class. As well, Mike Armishaw won silver in the under-38-kg class, while Marshall Sandney took bronze and Owen Friesen did not medal. Meanwhile, Alicia Brinton, in the under-40-kg class, entered but had no one to fight.
As for the under-15s, Makayla Timony was golden in the under-57-kg class. Caley Adamski (under-52-kg) and Sam McBurney (under-42-kg) were the silver medallists, and Mikey Bartinski (under-55-kg) took bronze.
In the under-17 division, Natasha Burton (under-52-kg) won gold, Ryan Walker (under-73-kg) won silver, and Samantha Brinton (under-46-kg) took bronze. Tyler Hulley, in the under-73-kg division, did not medal.
Brittany Vlooswyk was the club's only under-20 competitor, and she won gold in the under-78-kg division. As for the seniors, Kyle Czop took gold in the under-90-kg division, Grant Tennant was bronze in the under-73-kg class, and, competing in the same class as Czop, Pinto Town did not medal.
As for the under-11 class, there were no final rankings. The club's competitors in this division were: Hannah Friesen, Bethany Bachalo, Carley Doherty, James McBurney, Troy Doherty, Ashley Jackson, Ty Funk, Eric Schaan and Carson Walker.
Head coach Brian Case was happy that both his club's entry (27 fighters) and the overall number of entries (92 fighters) exceeded expectations.
"Our only problem was that we've probably outgrown that site," said Case. "It's a nice problem to have. I've been to ones where they've only had one mat area in a small gym and they still had room. Now we've got two mat areas in a huge gymnasium and we still were very crowded.
"Everybody higher up in the provincials was very impressed."
Case said the club will make a pitch to host provincials for a third year in a row shortly. The hope is that the PCU Centre will be next year's host facility.
See more in Mon. May 7 issue of the Portage Daily Graphic.