Judokas grapple during a judo match at Golden Horn elementary. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Yukon judokas compete in Golden Horn tournament

“We’re basically starting at six years old, so it’s quite a learning experience.”

Judokas from across the Yukon gathered in Whitehorse on Feb. 17 for the Golden Horn Judo Tournament.

Hosted by the Golden Horn Judo Club and held at Golden Horn Elementary School, the tournament also included participants from Shiroumakai Judo Club, Northern Lights Judo Club, Hiroshikai Judo Club and Carmacks Judo Club.

Michael Bellon, sensei for the Golden Horn Judo Club, said the 62 competitors ranged in age from six to 14 years old.

“We’ve got a lot of new kids joining,” said Bellon. “We’re basically starting at six years old, so it’s quite a learning experience. The beginners just do ground work so we don’t risk having them start off standing.”

The transition to standing starts happens once judokas earn their yellow belts, usually after one to two years of training.

This tournament gave not only the judokas a chance to test their skills, but also the referees.

“We’re building up our referee pool in the Yukon,” said Bellon. “It’s better to have more referees because people can’t always show up. It’s not all down to a few people always refereeing.”

Bellon said there was recently a referee clinic and some of the junior judokas and teenagers took the opportunity to do some training. This was their first chance to referee in a tournament setting.

Next on the calendar for Yukon judokas is the Carmacks Judo Challenge in Carmacks on March 3.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at john.hopkinshill@yukon-news.com

Golden Horn Tournament Results

U8 — 23 kg

1 Davio Hanneke

2 Reily Koss-Young

3 Liam Pottie

3 Robert Botca

U8 — 26 kg

1 Bartok Lonsinski

2 Kaitlyn Jobin

3 Arthur Creamer

U10 — 23 kg

1 Corvus Johnstone

2 Arielle Bergeron

3 Kolton Bellmore-Mayer

3 Lucy Wrixon

U10 — 26 kg

1 Caiden Cruickshank

2 Jorja Bellmore-Smarch

3 Collin Charlie

3 Granite Davis

U10 — 29 kg

1 James Irving

2 Parker Stanley-Lyslo

3 Gabriel Martin

3 Eddie Schneider

U10 — 32 kg

1 William Pacaud

2 Hudson White

3 Samuel Fearon

U10 — 35 kg

1 Jesse Irving

2 Felix Hebert

3 Miley Staples

3 Charlie Todd

U10 — 38 kg

1 Damon Tonner

2 Brianna Bohnet

U12 — 30 kg

1 Clovis Bergeron

2 Olivia Vanheel

3 Liam Saunders

3 Connor Wiltse

U12 — 33 kg

1 Kenai Bryden

2 Liam Gishler

3 Zander White

U12 — 36 kg

1 Andrzej Benson

2 Jada Wheeler

3 Eva Skookum

U12 — 39 kg

1 Wiktoria Lonsinski

2 Brandon-Lee Chiasson

3 Damon Tonner

3 Tyanna Skookum

U12 — 45 kg

1 Dominick Watt

2 Kelise Fields-Birckel

U12 — 50 kg

1 Vivian Blanchard

2 Livia Mortimer

U14 — 42 kg

1 Artur Lonsinski

2 Jason Mackay

3 Anya Bellon

U14 — 52 kg

1 Alexis Fields-Birckel

2 Angelina Byers

U14 — 55 kg

1 Dalton Penner

2 Lucas Bellmore-Mayer

3 Gebz Argao

U14 — 60 kg

1 Ashlan Norquay

2 Jaxon Champagne


Crystal Schick/Yukon News Parents and coaches take photos and video of kids during a judo match.

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