Abby judo athletes claim national medals

Launa Hinton claims silver while Karissa Comeau and Leo Goldberg won bronze medals.

Leo Goldberg, pictured here at the Youth Provincials held in Langley in February.

Leo Goldberg, pictured here at the Youth Provincials held in Langley in February.

Three Abbotsford athletes claimed medals at the 2015 Canadian Judo Nationals in Quebec earlier this month.

In the U-16 under-48 kilogram weight class, Launa Hinton claimed silver while teammate Karissa Comeau claimed bronze. The two athletes trained against one another, and instructor Tokue Suda said their results are a testament to a year spent battling one another.

“They encouraged each other and they fight hard,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the U-18 under-60 kilogram weight class, Leo Goldberg won a bronze medal.

Goldberg was one of the smallest competitors in his class, but that didn’t stop him, Suda said.

“He’s got a big heart,” he added. “He’s a machine.”

A total of 10 Abbotsford Judo Club athletes competed at the event. Four – Goldberg, Simren Brar, Mitchell Wolfe, and Isabelle Harris – will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Alberta, in August.

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