Shiroumakai club starts judo season strong

Shiroumakai Judo Club threw down opponents to pick up medals at the Golden Horn Judo Championship last Friday at Golden Horn School.

Shiroumakai Judo Club threw down opponents to pick up medals at the Golden Horn Judo Championship last Friday at Golden Horn School.

In the season opening event, the Shiroumakai club won 34 medals out of 52 given out at the competition, hosted by the Golden Horn Judo Club.

“They had a good start. They have lots of competitors and they managed to get some good results,” said Dan Poelman, Northern Lights sensei and Judo Yukon president.

The strong start for the club puts Shiroumakai in first place for the Judo Yukon Champions League Cup, which incorporates results from all four of the season’s competitions.

Last season Northern Lights won the Judo Yukon Champions League Cup ahead of Shiroumakai in second.

Among Shiroumakai’s 10 gold medals, two were won by Kaylee Johnson. Johnson, who was one of only three judokas to win double gold, took first in the mixed under-11 division for a fighter 30-kilograms or less and gold in the intermediate knowledge theory test. She fought as a yellow belt and was awarded her orange on Tuesday.

“Kaylee is just a good student,” said Shiroumakai sensei Aaron Jensen. “She’s attentive and she fights well.

“The fight between Kaylee and Cassie (Jensen for gold) was probably the highlight of the night.”

The two other fighters to win two golds were Northern Lights’ Mattias Sembsmoen and Tai McClelland.

The Golden Horn championship was the first competition entered by the Carcross Judo Club since being re-established in the fall after more than a decade of inactivity.

Carcross brothers Scottie James and Darrien James both won gold in their divisions.

The Carcross club will be hosting the next championship in January.

“We anticipate that the next one, in Carcross, will be a little bit bigger because they have about 16 students,” said Poelman. “Carcross will be another force to be reckoned with.

“It’s a club that has been dormant for at least a decade.”

About 40 judokas participated in last week’s championships.

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Results

Boys U9 -26 kg

Gold: Kaelon Basnett (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Luke Roberts (Golden Horn)

Bronze: Mitchell Rudolph (Shiroumakai)

Boys U9 -29 kg

Gold: Glade Roberts (Golden Horn)

Silver: Aodhan Nowell (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Wyatt Burnett (Shiroumakai)

Mixed U9 -32 kg

Gold: Devyn Rollins (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Clara Simmons (Golden Horn)

Bronze: Anya Bellon (Golden Horn)

Bronze: Jazzen Patterson (Golden Horn)

Boys U11 -33 kg

Gold: Ove Maxfield (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Jerome Hoeden (Northern Lights)

Silver: Jayden Isrka (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Sam Bugg (Golden Horn)

Mixed U11 -30 kg

Gold: Kaylee Johnson (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Cassie Jensen (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Eban Basnett (Shiroumakai)

Mixed U11 -45 kg

Gold: Scottie James (Carcross)

Silver: Sydney Benoit (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Kate Muller (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Diego Smarch (Northern Lights)

Boys Div.1 U11 +45 kg

Gold: Darrien James (Carcross)

Silver: Reece Newell (Northern Lights)

Bronze: Jadon Leenders (Shiroumakai)

Boys Div.2 U11 +45 kg

Gold: Liam Rollins (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Kaajineek Neumann (Northern Lights)

Bronze: Ronan Clutton (Shiroumakai)

Mixed U13 -39 kg

Gold: Emiko Teramura (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Paige Poelman (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Rowan Kingston (Shiroumakai)

Girls U13 +45 kg

Gold: Judy Russell (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Hannah King (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Talula Maxfield (Shiroumakai)

Boys U13 -36 kg

Gold: Mattias Sembsmoen (Northern Lights)

Silver: Allen Johnson (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Tai McClelland (Northern Lights)

Knowledge (practical) – beginner

Gold: Tai McClelland (Northern Lights)

Gold: Mattias Sembsmoen (Northern Lights)

Silver: Eban Basnett (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Aodhan Nowell (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Hannah King (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Talula Maxfield (Shiroumakai)

Knowledge (practical) – intermediate

Gold: Paige Poelman (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Kaylee Johnson (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Aidon Johnson (Shiroumakai)

Knowledge (theory) – beginner

Gold: Tai McClelland (Northern Lights)

Silver: Mattias Sembsmoen (Northern Lights)

Bronze: Jerome Hoeden (Northern Lights)

Bronze: Aodhan Nowell (Shiroumakai)

Knowledge (theory) – intermediate

Gold: Paige Poelman (Shiroumakai)

Gold: Kaylee Johnson (Shiroumakai)

Silver: Emiko Teramura (Shiroumakai)

Bronze: Cassie Jensen (Shiroumakai)

Contact Tom Patrick at

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