Judo club celebrates milestone with B.C. event

A pair of judo milestones will be celebrated this weekend with the B.C. Open Judo Championships at the Vernon Curling Rink Friday and Saturday.

The Vernon Judo Club will be celebrating its 70th anniversary along with Judo B.C. celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“The judo athletes have been training hard both physically and mentally,” said sensei Dean Yakura. “They are looking forward to competing in front of family, friends and their community on the weekend.”

First bouts of this tournament go at 7 p.m. Friday.

Vernon fighters were found all over the podium at the Edmonton International Judo Championship  in March.

The McLachlan family cleaned up in Edmonton.  Joshua won gold in the U10 boys and Kyla won gold in the U12 girls. Their brother, Gabriel, brought home the bronze in the U14 +66-kilogram division. Their father Bryan, won the silver in the veteran men’s division.

Other Vernon siblings Sydney and Cole Grevatt medalled. Sydney won bronze in the girls U14 -44-kilogram division. Cole also picked up a bronze in the boys U12 division. Brendan Yakura won the silver in the juvenile boys U16 -50-kilogram division.

Yakura and Kauner Jones competed this past weekend in the 2014 Youth Provincial Championships in Prince George. Yakura won gold in his division and has qualified to compete at the 2014 Canadian Judo Championships May 15-18 at Saguenay, Quebec.



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