Judo BC selects 14 athletes to Team BC

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(ISN) – Judo BC is proud to announce the 14 athletes who will compete for Team BC at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games this August.

Female
Kimiko Kamstra, Hart Judo Academy, Prince George
Vanessa Kruger, Nanaimo Judo Club, Nanaimo
Lisa Russell, Prince George Judo Club, Prince George
Alicia Fiandor, Nanaimo Judo Club, Nanaimo
Isabelle Harris, Abbotsford Judo Club, Abbotsford
Morgan Endean, Aberdeen Judo Academy, Pritchard
Kelsey Painter, Campbell River Judo Club, Campbell River

Male
Anthony Henry, Campbell River Judo Club, Campbell River
Simren Brar, Abbotsford Judo Club, Abbotsford
Leo Goldberg, Abbotsford Judo Club, Langley
Mitchell Wolfe, Abbotsford Judo Club, Abbotsford
Geoffrey Hanks, Aberdeen Judo Academy, Kamloops
Ario Nishimura, Steveston Judo Club, Richmond
Tristan Alexander, Victoria Judo Club, Victoria

Coaches
Bruce Kamstra, Prince George
Aline Strasdin, Prince George

“I am extremely happy to see the whole province represented on our judo team,” said Aline Strasdin, Team BC Coach and Chair of the Judo BC Technical Committee. “The Western Canada Summer Games are a great multi-sport opportunity for our younger athletes. Many of these athletes have attended the BC Winter Games, and this is great opportunity to help them prepare for larger events including the next Canada Winter Games in four years.”

The team selection tournament was held on March 28 at the Steveston Community Centre in Richmond. To be eligible to participate in the selection tournament, athletes needed to attend a series of tournaments and camps starting in September as part of the annual selection for the Provincial Team. The top athletes in each of the 14 weight divisions (7 female, 7 males) have been selected to the team.

“I’m very excited about making the Games and happy to see my hard work is paying off,” said Morgan Endean (Pritchard, BC). “I’m most excited to have the opportunity to represent BC in my sport!”

“To me making the Western Canada Summer Games is a great honor and I am very much looking forward to representing Team BC,” said Alicia Fiandor (Nanaimo). “I am also looking forward to meeting other athletes from different provinces and sports.”

The Team BC judo athletes will be training with their home clubs over the next few months, and will compete at the Canadian Judo Championships in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, May 14-17.

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