Selkirk Judo Club

Selkirk Judo Club Members Compete in Vancouver and Edmonton

The Selkirk Judo Club’s Damien Ekosky and Justin Ekosky competed at the 2017 Pacific International Judo Championships held at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC on March 4-5.  The tournament attracted over 500 entries from across Canada and from the United States and Japan.

On Saturday, March 4, Damien competed in the U21 under 73 kg weight division.  Damien advanced to the semi-finals before narrowly losing to Mitchell Wolfe from BC.  He then defeated Anthony Nguyen from the University of Washington in the bronze medal match.      

Justin Ekosky also won a bronze medal, in the U18 Men under 66 kg division.  With 19 competitors in his division, Justin won his first three matches.  In the semi-final, Justin injured his shoulder and was unable to continue the match.  He was able to return for the bronze medal match however, and defeated Shiran Samuels of BC while still favouring his shoulder.  

On Sunday, March 5, Damien competed in the Senior Men under 73 kg division, along with 21 other competitors.  He finished with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss to earn a second bronze medal at the tournament. 

Another club member, James Colp, refereed both at the Pacific International and at the Edmonton International the following weekend.  James was evaluated to be graded to his National B referee level at the Vancouver tournament and was successful in achieving that level.

“James’ refereeing is developing and getting stronger with each tournament.  We are very pleased to see James achieve his National B ranking,” commented Brian Jones, one of the club’s coaches. 

On March 6 – 7, Justin and Damien remained in Vancouver to participate in a two day National Training Camp, led in part by Janusz Pawlowski, multiple world medallist and coach at the National Training Centre in Montreal. 

Eight club members competed at the Edmonton International Judo Championships held at the West Edmonton Mall on March 10 – 12.  There were over 900 competitors at this event. 

On Saturday, March 11, Sarah Ekosky won 5 straight matches to claim a gold medal in U14 Girls under 52 kg.

Justin Ekosky won 5 matches and lost 1 en route to a bronze medal in U18 Men under 66 kg. 

Damien Ekosky won 3 matches and lost 1 and also claimed a bronze medal, in U21 Men under 73 kg.  Damien also competed in the senior division on Sunday, March 12 but did not reach the podium. 

Aaron Haak won a bronze in U18 Men under 81 kg.  He faced the eventual gold and silver medallists in his first 2 matches, but came back strong with wins in his third and fourth matches to claim third spot on the podium.    

Bailey Malinowski, Schaelyce Kopp, Loki Johnson and Lennon Kuch also competed in Edmonton but did not place.

“These are the last two major Canadian circuit tournaments before the national championships in May.  These tournaments were significantly larger this year than last, and there were many strong divisions.  We are pleased with the preparation and performance of the team,” said Brian Jones.