Excellent results in national judo tournament
Woy Woy Judo Club athletes achieved excellent results in the first National Judo Tournament of the year.
The competition was held in Canberra on February 21 to 22.
Lachlan Grace (12) competed in the Senior Boys' under-40kg division on the first day of the competition.
Lachlan managed to win his first bronze medal at a national tournament.
Felix Orr (16) stepped up to a brand new weight category, Cadet Men under-60kg, and was unfortunately eliminated in a close first round match.
Dorothy Chow (16) rounded out the day competing in three age divisions and taking three fifth places in her debut on the national circuit.
Woy Woy Judo Club's Junior contingent took to the mat on the second day of the competition.
Jarvis Orr (8) was first up going 2 to 1 to take a bronze in the under-38kg division.
Jarvis blasted through his first two opponents winning by Ippon (full point) setting up a semi-final match against the number-one ranked player in the division.
Unfortunately Jarvis was thrown in the last minute and settled for his first silver national medal.
Jarvis' brother Archie (10) competed in the under-46kg division, going also 2 to 1 in a round robin division to take the silver medal and throw of the day.
Kalen Markey (10) fought in the heavyweight division at over-50kg, sweeping through his division to go 2 to 0 and take out his first national gold medal.
Head coaches, Mr Danny Simmons and Mr Kieren Handley, said they were thrilled for their students.
"The ACT Open is one of the toughest competitions on the Australian Judo circuit," Mr Handley said.
"To medal at this level is an achievement and we are proud of all of them." Mr Simmons added.
The Woy Woy Judo Club will compete in another national competition in Queensland, Junior State tournaments and NSW State Titles in coming months.
Media release, 14 Mar 2017
Danny Simmons, Woy Woy Judo Club