By Hermann Mauthner
Because of the disastrous event in the Fernie Arena, the Fernie Judo Club was not able to hold their annual tournament, so the Invermere Judo Club took over the event in short notice. It was the first time we organized a “Petit Samurai” training, followed by a first “Ne waza” competition. “Petit Samurai” is to introduce and encourage younger athletes to participate in the sport of judo. “Ne waza” competition is started in kneeling position for mat or groundwork techniques. All those athletes received a “Petit Samurai” badge and participation certificate with compliments of Judo B.C. “Ne waza” certificates were supplied by the Invermere Judo Club.
This event was followed by the U12 and U14 competition. Competitors came from Creston, Cranbrook, Jaffray, Fernie, Pincher Creek and Invermere. Some of the age and weight groups were mixed ( boys and girls) competitions. All of them had great spirit, showing good throws and osae komis (hold downs). Big smiles showed their enjoyment when they received their well earned medals and also new friends were made.
All our qualifying B.C. Winter Games athletes showed the skill ready for the upcoming games on February 22-25th in Kamloops. They are Marnie Rainbow, Cassia Riches, Rebecca Davis and Lenni Stich. We wish all a good competition and an enjoyable event.
Graham Norquay demonstrated his comprehension and understanding of competitive judo rules, while refereeing throughout the tournament. Graham will also attend the provincial youth camp in Abbotsford this coming weekend.
The next tournament is the Edmonton International in the Edmonton Mall. It is the largest with over 950 competitors coming from Canada, USA, South America, Japan, and Croatia. Invermere athletes will also participate, registration is next week and the event will take place March 10-11.
The success of the tournament was due to the greatly appreciated help of all organizers and volunteers. Thanks to all and also to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for the generous pool admissions.
Congratulations to all participants and see you on the tatame.