Judokas throw down to start 2015/16 season

Judo Yukon began another season with the Golden Horn Judo Tournament at Golden Horn Elementary School on Saturday. The association wouldn't mind having another season like the last one.

Judo Yukon began another season with the Golden Horn Judo Tournament at Golden Horn Elementary School on Saturday.

The association wouldn’t mind having another season like the last one.

It was full of successes – and plenty of volunteer support, said Judo Yukon president Peter Melanson.

“Last season was great. We had a lot of volunteers come out to really support the kids and helped them achieve where they want to be technically for all those tournaments,” said Melanson. “Again this year we have a ton of volunteers and a lot of new members and hopefully we’ll be able to keep this momentum going and compete well at this year’s nationals.”

Last season saw a Yukoner, brown belt Jacob Melanson, compete at the Canada Winter Games, the first since the 2007 Games in Whitehorse.

Brother Shayne Melanson produced a fifth-place finish at the Canada’s National Judo Championships for the best finish by a Yukoner in over a decade.

Yukoners collected a total of five medals at the Alaska State Judo Championships in April.

“We’re hoping to bring a full contingent this year,” said Peter. “We want to bring like 30 kids over.”

To cap things off, Whitehorse’s Hannah King won a bronze in judo at the Western Canada Summer Games this past August in Fort McMurray, Alta.

King also took first in the U16 open division for one of 15 gold medals handed out on Saturday’s tournament – the first of four Judo Yukon events planned.

Over 50 Yukon judokas participated in Saturday’s tournament.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

Results

U16 open

1st Hannah King (SHK)

2nd Scottie James Shepherd (HRK)

U14 under-52kg

1st Cassandra Jensen (n/a)

2nd Emmersyn Sias (n/a)

3rd Mackenzie Keefer (n/a)

U14 under-46kg

1st Daniel Tonner (SHK)

2nd Jonathan Racine (NLJ)

3rd Brennan Little (GHJ)

U12 under-42kg

1st Devon Raymont (n/a)

2nd Taylor Legg (NLJ)

3rd Christopher Cooper (n/a)

U12 under-39kg

1st Gabriel Racine (NLJ)

2nd Rogan Parry (NLJ)

3rd Kaleb Parry (NLJ)

U12 under-36kg

1st Willow Sippell (NLJ)

2nd Kyson Morrison (n/a)

3rd Keanan Uttley (n/a)

U12 under-33kg

1st Jaymi Hinchey (NLJ)

2nd Anya Bellon (GHJ)

3rd Samara Jacob (NLJ)

U10 under-44kg

1st Souleymane Sangare (NLJ)

2nd Benjamin Macleod (n/a)

U10 under-32kg

1st Alex Lojang (HRK)

2nd Samuel Bradet (SHK)

3rd Benjamin Lojang (HRK)

U10 under-29kg

1st Gage Albertini (n/a)

2nd Victoria Losinki (n/a)

3rd Udo Jariven (n/a)

U10 under-25kg

1st Sapphira Oettli (NLJ)

2nd Lia Hinchey (NLJ)

3rd Damon Tonner (NLJ)

U10 under-25kg (kneeling)

1st Anneke Aasman (n/a)

2nd Noah Lapierre (NLJ)

3rd Dominick Watt (NLJ)

Knowledge

Advanced

1st Jayden Iskra (SHK)

2nd Cassandra Jensen (SHK)

3rd Wyatt Burnett (SHK)

Intermediate

1st Rogan Parry (NLJ)

2nd Emmersyn Sias (SHK)

3rd Artur Losinki (NLJ)

Beginner

1st Laurick Corriveau (HRK)

2nd Sapphira Oettli (NLJ)

3rd Benjamin Macleod (n/a)

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