National champ to attend Judo camp in Invermere

Local Judo club to host training camp

By Erin Knutson

erin@columbiavalleypioneer.com

The Invermere Judo Club is celebrating 50 years of Judo as they prepare to host the upcoming interprovincial training camp at the Columbia Valley Centre and David Thompson Secondary School. It will be one of the first camps of its kind in the area for quite some time, according to national champ and Grade 10 DTSS student Graham Norquay.

The camp is slated to host 275 athletes from across western Canada and will be taught by 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medalist Travis Stevens.

“It’s incredible to train with someone like him and it will give us great insight on the best competitors in the sport,” said Mr. Norquay.

Mr. Norquay is no stranger to success, having beat out the competition in years prior but things will be different this season as he goes up an age and weight class. Mr. Norquay at 14 will be competing against older rivals but that is something he’s prepared for. The earnest and serious young athlete trains five days a week, alternating between Judo (two days) and Jiu Jitsu for the other three.

Respect is a key element of the sport and one that is taught by the founder of the Judo club, Herman Mauthner. Mr. Norquay credits Mr. Mauthner as a mentor, a great coach, and someone who teaches the merits of a positive mentality in competition and in life.

“He encourages me to put my best foot forward,” said Mr. Norquay.

To prepare for success, Mr. Norquay is working on strategies to improve and strengthen his technique. The athlete has made obvious sacrifices to hone his skillset.

“It involves a lot of my time but it’s worth it,” he said of balancing school, home life, and Judo. “I really look up to my coaches and I enjoy the coach-style method of teaching,” he said.

Ten years in the sport has taught the athlete many things over the years, one of them being a gentle approach, a strategy that seems to spill over into his daily interactions with others and one that is reflected in his kind demeanor.

“The sport itself is really a martial art, we’re taught the gentle way, it’s a gentle art and there is no use of brutality,” he said.

Mr. Norquay anticipates the training camp to be challenging while bringing out the best in its participants.

“The sport gives you a different perspective, it teaches you to focus and to treat your opponents with respect.”

The public is encouraged to check out the Judo participants over the weekend. The Judo camp runs Friday, September 29th from 5-6:30 p.m. with participants back on the mat Saturday and Sunday morning until 11 a.m.

Just Posted

Fat Man Yoga offers low intimidation workout

“I needed to do more stretching and more flexibility stuff for my fat man body,” said Ryan Karl.

Feds caught with consultative pants down as groyne issue flares up: PSPC urged to get second opinion

MP Stetski said that of local stakeholders “nobody was aware of the project.”

De Groot family still waiting for inquest after 2014 Slocan shooting

Lawyer for Peter De Groot’s family say many questions remain unanswered

Four-year-old girl one of two killed in highway crash near Creston

The 26-year-old driver of a Saturn SUV was also killed

The peak of Pinto

Hikers are rewarded with a spectacular view from the top of Pinto Mountain

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read