Kiyoshi Comley of Vernon (right) battles Shane Stewart of Kelowna in the B.C. Open Judo Tournament Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Kiyoshi Comley of Vernon (right) battles Shane Stewart of Kelowna in the B.C. Open Judo Tournament Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Locals uncover judo glory

The Vernon Judo Club hosted the B.C. Open championships Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Judo Club hosted the B.C. Open championships Saturday at the Vernon Curling Club, featuring competitors from across B.C., Germany and the UK.

Local competitors who placed in different weight categories were:

Under age 10  Novice boys: Mason Bondt, second; Riley Belliveau, second.

Under age 12 Novice competitors: Nadine Bondt, first; Nathan Tishenko, first; Adam Fourie, first; Kiyoshi Comley, second; Joshua McLachlin, third; Kameron Zimmerman, third; Zachary Newman; third, Kyle O’Brien, third.

Under age 14  Novice competitors: Cole Ogasawara, first.

In the experienced categories, the following Vernon competitors fought fiercely and placed in their weight categories:

Under age 14 competitors: Jake O’Brien, first; Thaddeus Bondt, first; Kyla McLachlin, third; Liam Belliveau, third.

Under age 16 competitors: Gabriel McLachlin, first; Sydney Grevatt, first; Brendan Yakura, second.

Under age 18 competitors, in various weight divisions: Devon Dunlop, first; Sydney Grevatt, first; Jayden Jones, second;  Dallin Houston, second;  Kauner Jones, second; Natasha Brand, second.

Adult competition: Robert Dunlop won his intermediate men’s category; Trudy Brand placed second in hers and Brian McLachlin placed second and third in his two categories.

 

Yakura’s next competition will be at the Canadian National Judo Championships in Quebec in May.