Selkirk Judo Club

Selkirk Judo Club Members Compete in Vancouver and Edmonton

The Selkirk Judo Club’s Damien Ekosky, Riley Malinowski and Joey Kuch competed at the 2016 Pacific International Judo Championships held at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC on March 5-6.  The tournament attracted approximately 300 entries from across Canada and from the United States and Japan.

On Saturday, March 5, Damien competed in the U18 under 73 kg weight division.  With 13 fighters in his division, he won 4 straight matches to capture the gold medal, defeating Geoffrey Hanks from BC in the final.   

Riley and Joey competed in U18 Men under 73 kg and U21 Men over 100 kg, respectively.  They were unable to reach the medal podium. 

On Sunday, March 6, Damien competed in the Senior Men under 73 kg division.  He finished with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses, including a decisive win over an opponent from Japan.  Joey Kuch also competed in a tough senior division but did not place. 

On March 7 – 8, Riley and Damien remained in Vancouver to participate in a two day National Training Camp.  On Monday morning, they had the opportunity to attend a technical session with Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, a former World Champion from Japan and one of the top judo groundwork experts in the world.

Six club members competed at the Edmonton International Judo Championships held at the West Edmonton Mall on March 11 – 13.  There were over 700 competitors at this event. 

Justin Ekosky won three straight matches to win gold in U16 Men under 66 kg while teammate Bailey Malinowski won bronze in the same division.  Joey Kuch won gold in U18 Men over 90 kg.  Damien Ekosky won silver in U18 Men under 73 kg, and finished out of the medals with a 1-1 record in Senior Men under 73 kg.  Schaelyce Kopp and Riley Malinowski also competed, but did not place. 

“Our athletes had good preparation and a good performance in Vancouver and Edmonton.  We are pleased with their effort,” said Brian Jones, one of the club’s coaches.