Selkirk Judo Club

Damien Ekosky Wins Canadian Judo Championship

Three members of the Selkirk Judo Club were selected to represent Manitoba at the 2014 Canadian National Judo Championships.  Tanner Onagi, Riley Malinowski and Damien Ekosky travelled to Saguenay, Quebec to participate in the national competition held May 15 – 18.  

Damien Ekosky (14, blue belt) turned in an impressive performance to win his first Candian championship.  A total of 20 competitors fought in his U16 under 60 kg division, winning 4 straight matches to become national champion.        

Damien had a bye through the first round of the competition.  He defeated McKenzie Morgan from Alberta in the second round, throwing him for ippon (a full point) just 7 seconds into the match.  In the third round, Damien faced Solomon Choran from Ontario.  After earning a couple of lesser points, Damien finished the match with a ura-nage counter for ippon 1 minute and 22 seconds into the match.  Damien then advanced to the semi-final against Zachary Jose from Quebec.  This match ended in a win by groundhold for Damien at 1 minute 25 seconds.  Finally, the gold medal match was a replay of the final at the Quebec Open tournament earlier this season, with Damien fighting Mitchell Wolfe from Abbotsford, BC.  The match went the distance, with Damien winning on penalties. 

Damien began his judo career in September 2008 at the age of 9.  Now just shy of his 15th birthday, he has won his first national championship.  In his first trip to the nationals last year, he earned a bronze medal.  He also earned his third consecutive provincial championship earlier this year. 

Damien’s other accomplishments this year include a gold medal at the Pacific International in an older age division (U18) and a silver in his own age division, gold at the 2013 Quebec Open, and a pair of bronze medals (in U16 and U18) at the 2014 Edmonton International.  He earned a total of 11 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals this season.  He had a match record of 40 wins against only 3 losses. 

Tanner Onagi (16, brown belt) won 2 matches and lost 2, finishing 7th in his U18 under 55 kg weight division.  Tanner dropped his first match before coming back with wins against Mathieu LeFrancois from Nova Scotia and Brandon Redford from Ontario.  He then lost to Ty Nakano from Alberta.  This was Tanner’s second trip to nationals.

Riley Malinowski (15, blue belt) competed in U18 under 66 kg.  Riley fought well but did not place.  This was also Riley’s second trip to nationals.