Selkirk Judo Club

Two Bronze Medals for Selkirk at the National Judo Championships

Five athletes from the Selkirk Judo Club were selected to attend the 2013 Canadian National Judo Championships held in Richmond, BC from July 4 – 7.  The tournament was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval, site for long track speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

The following five athletes represented the largest number of Selkirk athletes selected to represent Manitoba at the Nationals in at least twenty years.   

Name Age Division(s)
Julien Mitchell   U21 and Senior
Tanner Onagi  U18
Riley Malinowski U18
Joey Kuch   U15
Damien Ekosky U15

Julien (19, black belt), the 2011 Junior National Champion in under 100 kg, fought well in both his Senior under 100 kg, and his U21 under 100 kg weight divisions, but was unable to reach the medal podium this year.

Tanner (15, blue belt) and Riley (14, blue belt) were competing in their first national championships.  They were both entered in the U18 under 55 kg weight division.  Both also fought well but did not place.

Bronze medals went to Joey Kuch and Damien Ekosky.

Joey (14, blue belt) is 2013 Manitoba provincial champion in over 66 kg.  He won a total of 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals this season before the Nationals, including a bronze medal at the Edmonton International Judo Championships

Joey had 11 competitors at the Nationals in his U15 over 66 kg division.  He lost his opening round match to Daniel Maman of Ontario.  Joey then advanced in his second round match as his opponent withdrew due to injury.  He then defeated Reid Williams of BC in his third match.  Joey then came up against Daniel Maman again in the bronze medal match.  At only 9 seconds into the match, Maman attacked with an osoto-gari attack which Joey countered, landing Maman on his back for a full point.  With that score, Joey earned a national bronze medal.

Damien (14, blue belt) is 2013 Manitoba provincial champion in U15 under 60 kg.  Damien had a record of 12 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze going into the Nationals, including gold at the Saskatchewan Open, gold at the Pacific International in Vancouver, silver at the Edmonton International and bronze at the Ontario Open in Toronto. 

Damien had 10 competitors in his division at Nationals.  He had a bye through the opening round, and defeated Josh Guthrie of Saskatchewan in the second round.  In the semi-final, he lost to the eventual gold medallist, Benjamin Kendrick of Ontario.  He then finished his day with a win in the bronze medal match, defeating Mikael Darchen of Quebec for a spot on the podium.  This medal capped a stellar competitive season for Damien in which he accumulated 46 match wins against only 3 losses.  Ben Kendrick is the only fighter in Canada to defeat Damien this year.