Yukon Judo brings gear home from Manitoba Open – Yukon News

Judo Yukon has three more medals after the Manitoba Open.

The competition, which is part of the Canadian Judo Circuit, took place Oct. 14-16 and four Yukon judokas traveled to Winnipeg for the event, accompanied by their coach Aaron Jensen.

Lia Hinchey won a silver medal in the U16 category, while Jaymi Hinchey and Leah McLean both won bronze in their U18 category.

Liam Gishler finished fifth in his U18 class after losing a very competitive game, Jensen said.

The event marked their first competition in what is shaping up to be a busy season. Jensen said while the group is happy to win the medals, the event was an opportunity to experience more competition as they prepare for the Canada Winter Games in February.

“Really, I had no expectations,” he said, noting it was the first competition of the season.

“A lot of provinces were competing and it was strong judo everywhere,” he said. “This tournament was a great training ground for the athletes – the medals were a bonus.”

Prior to the Manitoba competition, Team Yukon also attended a training camp in Vernon, BC from September 30 to October 1. as well as learning new techniques and getting to know other athletes from other regions.

Next up for the team will be the Peak International Judo Tournament at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, October 21-23.

Prior to this event, Jensen said each of the team members was working on individual goals and looking for improvements in those areas.

“Again, medals are not the priority,” he said.

After that, Judo Yukon will focus more locally on Carcross as it prepares to host the Carcross Challenge at Ghúch Tlâ Community School on December 3. The event will mark the territory’s first judo event since the COVID-19 pandemic. pending events. Judokas from Faro, Ross River, Carmacks and Whitehorse are expected to participate.

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