Selkirk Judo Club

2009 Canadian Junior National Judo Championships

Two fighters from the Selkirk Judo Club competed with the Manitoba provincial team at the Junior National Judo Championships, held in Calgary on July 3 – 5, 2009. 

Julien Mitchell, a 16 year old brown belt, won a bronze medal in Cadet Men (15 – 16 year olds) under 81 kg.  This is the second year in a row that Julien has brought home a bronze medal from nationals. 

There were 9 competitors in Julien’s division.  After earning a bye through the first round, Julien defeated Vincent Leduc of Quebec in the second round, a fighter he had lost to at the Hatashita International in Toronto back in November 2008.  He was trailing in the match when he threw Leduc with a counter technique for ippon (a full point).  He then had an excellent match with the eventual gold medallist from New Brunswick, Miguel Raymond, but lost with 15 seconds left.  In the bronze medal match, Julien defeated Vincent Godbout-Cusson from Quebec by ippon.  Julien becomes one of only a handful of fighters in the Selkirk Club’s history to have won multiple medals at the nationals.

“Julien had an excellent performance at nationals.  He has continued to develop as a competitor and his hard work has paid off with two bronze medals at the nationals over the last two years,” said club coach Brian Jones.

James Colp, a 16 year old brown belt, made his first appearance at nationals.

“James has developed considerably as a competitor over the last two seasons.  He has had an excellent year and he was rewarded with a selection to the team travelling to nationals this year,” commented Brian Jones.

James had two good matches but was not able to advance to the medal rounds in junior men (16 – 19 years old) under 100 kg.  

Twenty-one Manitoba fighters competed at this event, and Team Manitoba brought home one gold and three bronze medals.

Reaching the medal podium at the nationals capped an impressive competition year for Julien as he earned a total of 7 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze medals.  At major tournaments this year, Julien earned a bronze medal at the Hatashita International in Toronto in November and bronze at the Edmonton International in March. 

James won a silver medal at the Edmonton International in March and gold at the Am-Can International in Buffalo, New York in May.

Julien continues his training as he prepares for the US Junior Open in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 1 – 2.  The tournament is expected to draw approximately 700 athletes from across the United States and from approximately 25 other countries.  Prior to the tournament, he will participate in a three day international training camp in Fort Lauderdale.