Judo NB is proud to be returning home with nine medals after this year’s National Championships in Calgary, Alberta. With an impressive group of 20 athletes, Judo NB expected some success but were elated when they walked away from the first of three days of competition with five medals
Day one of the 2017 National Championships was extremely successful for Judo NB with three U18 medals and two Veteran medals. The day started with Malcolm Pelletier winning his first match by ippon in impressive fashion. Malcolm would later lose in a close fight but then jump back and dominate in the repechage and go on to fight for bronze and win. Samuel Nadeau took a similar route as Malcolm and also earned another medal for NB. Rebecca Ouellette would go undefeated until the finals where she lost a hard fought match but earned her silver medal. In the veteran’s division James McManus dominated his division, winning gold. In another veteran’s division Troy Alexander was on a roll when an injury in his semi-final fight left him with a still-impressive bronze medal. Yzabelle Ouellette was just barely left off of the podium with a 5th place finish and Andrew LeBlanc and Samuel Kristoffersen both fought well in their divisions.
Day two the success continued with two more medals and several athletes just barely left off of the podium. After dominating her competition early on Claudie Marchand continued to earn a bronze medal. Andrew Vienneau also fought well and earned himself a bronze medal in U21. Tylor Collin (5th), Andrew Blaney (4th), and Brandon Hanson (5th) all narrowly missed the podium. Gabriel Traversy, Lauren Purinton, Vanessa Caouette, Chris Poitras and Brenden Hickey all represented NB extremely well.
On the third and final day the medals continued in the Senior division. Alex Colpitts had an extremely impressive day which lead to a silver medal. James McManus who came into this event looking for his unprecedented 11th senior National medal found his back onto the podium with a bronze medal. This medal was his 11th Senior National Medal. Sam Andrew Blaney, Andrew Vienneau, Samuel Kristoffersen and Gabriel Traversy all fighting in their second age category of the weekend all fought extremely hard. Jennifer Landry (5th) and Tom Hanlon also fought well but were left off of the podium.
All in all this was an extremely successful event for all athletes who traveled to Calgary. For a small province we have once again out performed all expectations.