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Judokas shine at Kenora meet


Members of the Borderland Judo Club enjoyed huge success at the annual Lake of the Woods Judo Championships held April 22 in Kenora.

Teams from across Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba attended the event, which featured a huge cross-section of judokas from the smallest, newest ones right up to national-level competitors.

Borderland Judo had a great showing, bringing home some excellent results.

Amara Cox, competing in just the second tournament of her short judo career, found out there was no one small enough for her to compete with.

So she was moved up a weight class, but that proved to be insignificant as she took the gold medal in her division against heavier opponents.

Alex Galusha fought very well in his division but placed outside of the medal standings.

Jonathan Gray, Liam Dent, Joaquin Woolsey, and Ryan MacDonald all won silver medals in their respective divisions while Morgan Thurber won silver in both of his divisions.

Ryan Ball took the gold medal in his division.

Competing in two divisions each, Bennet MacDonald, Mia Woolsey, Jaden Woolsey, and Grace Petsnick all won gold medals in both of them.

This competition was fortunate to have an international-level referee in Frank Vossen of Judo Ontario, who attended to host a clinic and referee grading for all of the officials who judge the matches.

Borderland Judo is pleased to announce it has joined the fold of officials able to referee at these competitions.

Jaden Woolsey, Gord Witherspoon, and Randy Ball each earned their provincial 'C' referee status while I was promoted to Provincial 'A' referee (the highest).

I'm very proud of how far these judokas have progressed this year.

They have excellent judo skills and their attitude on the mat certainly promotes the spirit of judo.

The local club may send some fighters to the Minnesota state championships beginning May 13.

After that, Petsnick and Jaden Woolsey will travel to Calgary for the national championships starting May 27.

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