Judo is one of the oldest form of Martial Art and has grown its following in the northwest.

Smithers Judo throws down at PG Open

The Smithers Judo Club participated at the Prince George Open Judo Tournament April 21 and landed some promising results.

The Smithers Judo Club participated at the Prince George Open Judo Tournament April 21 and landed some promising results.

With a high level of competition awaiting them in Prince George the Smithers Judoka caught the attention of a number of coaches after posting two first place victories by Jamie Lee Wilson in the 1C division and Joshua Bazil in the 1D division.

“There is some incredible talent here in Smithers,” said coach Bernard Mattie in an email to the Interior News.

“Next season, our aim is to focus exposing the athletes to more tournaments and camps as they have the talent and ability to qualify for the B.C. Provincial Team where they could represent B.C. at the Nationals and eventually the Canada Winter Games in 2015.”

Heath Gagnon placed second in the 1D division followed by Simbi-yez Wilson who achieved a third and fourth place finish in her 8A and B division.

Sheldon Gagnon placed fourth in the 11 division followed by Sa-Yez Wilson in fourth.

The Smithers Judo Club’s next order of business is to focus on qualifying for provincials later this summer so they can attend the Junior National finals at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

After their competition this season, Wilson, Bazil, Gagnon and Kalen Bazil  were all promoted to yellow belt status. While Simbi-yez Wilson and Sheldon Gagnon received their green belts and Sa-Yez Wilson achieved the rank of blue belt.

However the team will first begin Summer training with team B.C.  at the Team B.C. Summer Training Camp Aug. 12-17.


Just Posted

Story of Wet’suwet’en Chief Alfred Joseph being told

Song of the Earth on Chief Gisday’wa will be launched in Hagwilget

Telkwa holds the line on mill rates

Telkwa taxes to remain steady, but water and sewer rates are going up

Terrace death not considered suspicious at this time: RCMP

Body of 49-year-old man was found in wooded area near Olson Ave. March 22

Highway 16 Action Plan driving progress

Safety, connectivity main goals of scheme presented to Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Houston woman gets two years for aggravated assault

Ewald pleads guilty; trial of co-accused Calvin Dyrland begins in Smithers court

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Vancouver Island home to B.C.’s luckiest lotto store

Five million-dollar winners have bought tickets from same Port Alberni corner store

Most Read