Selkirk Judo Club

Damien and Justin Ekosky Win Medals at 2016 Nationals

Four members of the Selkirk Judo Club were selected to represent Manitoba at the 2016 Canadian National Judo Championships.  Joey Kuch, Justin Ekosky, Riley Malinowski and Damien Ekosky travelled to Calgary to participate in the national competition held May 13 – 15.  

Damien Ekosky (16, brown belt) turned in an impressive performance to win his second Candian championship in three years.  A total of 21 competitors fought in his U18 under 73 kg division.  He won 4 straight matches to become national champion.        

Damien had a bye through the first round of the competition.  He defeated Solomon Choran from Ontario in the second round by a waza-ari (half point) score.  In the third round, Damien defeated Geoffrey Hanks from BC by a full point (ippon).  Damien then advanced to the semi-final against Mitchell Wolfe from BC, winning on penalties.  Finally, the gold medal match against Alexandre Arenbicia of Quebec was also decided on penalties.  

Damien also competed in the U21 under 73 kg division the day after his gold medal performance.  He won three matches and lost two, finishing 7th out of 19 in the older age category.

Damien’s victory earned him a selection to join the junior national team travelling to Coimbra, Portugal for a European Cup tournament for U18 competitors.  He will compete at the tournament on May 28 – 29 and participate in a three day training camp following the competition. 

Justin Ekosky (15, brown belt) also reached the podium in U16 under 66 kg.  With 15 competitors in his division, Justin won his first two matches against Louka Valliere from Quebec and Josh Hill from Alberta with ippon scores.  He then lost a very close match to Jacob St-Jean from Quebec.  He rebounded in the bronze medal match for another win by ippon against Michel Gouin from Quebec. 

Riley Malinowski (17, brown belt) and Joey Kuch (17, brown belt) competed in the U21 under 73 kg and U18 over 90 kg divisions, respectively.  They fought well in their matches but were not able to advance to the medal rounds.