Big medal haul for BC athletes at Judo Nationals

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Vancouver, BC: Another successful Championship for BC with 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 12 Bronze medals. 

 

Leading the podium rush was Paul Whishaw of Burnaby Judo Club with Gold in Masters – 66kg. Kelsey Painter of Campbell River Judo and Ian Ryder of Steveston Judo Club (Richmond) followed up with Gold medals in the U16 division. Tavis Jamieson reached the top of the podium in U21 -100 kg and placed 3rd in the Senior -100 kg division. On the final day of competition Andriy Romanov of the Burnaby Judo Club matched his Elite 8 Nationals Gold medal with another at this Nationals in the Senior -100 kg category. 

Double medal winners included Paul Whishaw (Burnaby) who received a Silver medal in Nage no Kata with his partner John Morris of the Port Coquitlam Judo Club. Morris also received a Bronze medal inKatame no kata with his partner Rick Blanchard (Port Coquitlam).

2015 Canada Winter Games Silver medalists Lavanna Laass (Hart Judo Academy – Prince George) and Ario Nishimura (Steveston Judo Club – Richmond) each received 2 Bronze medals, Lavanna in U21 & Senior, Ario in U18 & U21. Grace Northrop (Hart Judo Academy – Prince George) who placed 5th at the 2015 Canada Winter Games also walked away with 2 Bronze medals, U18 & U21.

Bruce Kamstra, Judo BC Provincial Head Coach, said: “I am pleased with the performance of our athletes at the 2015 Canadian Judo Championships in Quebec. We’ve had an amazing year including the 9 medals at the 2015 Canada Winter Games”

 

Sandy Kent, Judo BC President, said: “This past weekend was a great demonstration of Judo prowess by our athletes. It was great to watch so many excellent competitors over the 4 days of competition and see BC on the podium so many times. The fact that many of our medals come from younger athletes and several also medaled in the next age division speaks to the athlete development program and bodes well for the future. I was also very impressed by one of our older Judoka, Paul Whishaw, who medaled in the Kata Group, then won Gold in the Veterans competition and went on to referee for the rest of the weekend! Judo BC is lucky to have such a dedicated and well-rounded individual. Also, a big thank you to the organizing committee who did an outstanding job of setting up and running the tournament. The quality of production was very high and has raised the bar for future tournaments. All in all it was a job very well done.”

Notes for editors: Please see below for a full list of medal winners. Click here for the complete 2015 Canadian Judo Championships results.

 

For more information, please call Judo BC at 604-333-3513 or emailinfo@judobc.ca

Judo BC is the governing association of Judo in British Columbia.

The 2015 Canadian Judo Championships, held at the Aréna Isabelle Brasseur in St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec between May 14 and May 17, were organized by Judo Canada, the national governing body for the sport of judo in Canada and hosted locally by Club de Judo du Haut-Richelieu.

Judo Canada has overall authority to provide leadership in promotion and development as well as govern all aspects of Judo in Canada and to select and prepare Canadian teams for international competition.

 

TEAM BC RESULTS

 

Gold

Senior

Andriy Romanov -100kg, Burnaby Judo Club

U21

Tavis Jamieson -100kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

U16

Kelsey Painter +78kg, Campbell River Judo Club

Ian Ryder +73 kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

Masters

Paul Wishaw -66kg, Burnaby Judo Club

Silver

U21

Megan Hanks -78kg, Aberdeen Judo Academy (Kamloops)

U18

Tristan Alexander +90kg, Victoria Judo Club

Lisa Russell -52kg, Prince George Judo Club

U16

Launa Hinton -48kg, Abbotsford Judo Club

Brendan Yakura -55kg, Vernon Judo Club

Kata

John Morris, Port Coquitlam Judo Club & Paul Whishaw, Burnaby Judo Club, Nage no Kata

Bronze

Senior
Meghan Jamieson -70kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

Lavanna Laass -63kg, Hart Judo Academy (Prince George)

Tavis Jamieson -100kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

U21

Braxton Clark -90kg, Nanaimo Judo Club

Lavanna Laass -63kg, Hart Judo Academy (Prince George)

Grace Northrop -52kg, Hart Judo Academy (Prince George)

Ario Nishimura -73kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

U18

Leo Goldberg -60kg, Abbotsford Judo Club

Ario Nishimura -73kg, Steveston Judo Club (Richmond)

Grace Northrop -52kg, Hart Judo Academy (Prince George)

U16

Karissa Comeau – 48kg, Abbotsford Judo Club

Kata

Rick Blanchard, Port Coquitlam & John Morris, Port Coquitlam, Katame no Kata

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