Judo take home four bronze medals from Kamloops

The Mile Zero Judo Club were in Kamloops for the BC Youth Championships over the weekend.

Seven competitors — Brook Devuyst, Gavin Pohl, Daniel Galleno, Julian Ritson, Flynn Smith, Seve Avey, and Sienna McCorkell  — competing in categories from U14 to U21.

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“The kids did really good,” says Sensei Isabelle Gelinas. “We weren’t going there to win, we were going there for experience.”

The total medal haul was four bronze — Galleno in male U14 42kg, Smith had 2 in male U14 and U16 42kg, and Seve Avey in male U16 50kg.

Smith and Avey are aiming to compete in nationals in May in Edmonton — this was a prerequisite.

“They’re well on their way,” says Gelinas.

Ritson, fighting in male U16 66kg, lost in his bronze medal match.

McCorkell competed in female U21 57kg and light weight ground work competition

Devuyst and Pohl were U12 competitors competing in U14 to “put them on the map” for the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John next year. This was Devuyst’s first serious competition.

They trained with the BC coach on Sunday before heading home.

It’s busy days for the club. Mile Zero Judo will have regional training and a mini tournament in Prince George next weekend, but the next big tournament is on the weekend of March 10 in Edmonton, with the Pacific International in Richmond the following weekend. They’re hosting their own tournament, the Battle in the Peace, May 4.

“The next three months are going to be pretty heavy duty,” says Gelinas.


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