The Hoku Sei Kan Judo Club is preparing to represent Grande Prairie in competition again. After recently bringing home six medals from the Provincial Championships in Fort Saskatchewan, the club is getting ready send 10 people to the International Judo Tournament in Edmonton next month.
Sensei Darcy Adams says they have been preparing for this tournament since the beginning of the year and hopes his athletes do well.
“We’ve always done well at this competition so hopefully we can maintain that. The athletes set goals for themselves and hopefully, they reach them.”
The club is based out of Wembley and has been operating there since 1982. A second location opened in Grande Prairie two years ago. Around 34 people train out of both locations.
At the last tournament, five athletes took home four gold and two silver medals. Sydney Kinderwater won gold in the U16 female under 57-kilogram category and a silver in the U18 female under 57-kilogram category, Michelle Grisales took home a gold medal in U18 female under 57-kilogram category, Mackenzie Querin won silver in the U16 female under 48-kilogram category, Mattea Sietz won gold in the U16 female under 70-kilogram category and Nikita Tsyruk took home gold in the U14 male under 60-kilogram category.
This will be the 11th year the club will head to the international tournament. They will join around 300 other athletes from all over the world including Europe and Japan. Adams says a lot of his athletes will be up against competitors they’ve faced before.
“There will be a lot of the same at the international [tournament]. You have a good feeling going in there knowing that you’ve fought these people once or twice already and you kind of know what you’re up against.”
The three-day tournament will be held at the West Edmonton Mall from March 8th to 10th.