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Holy Name Convent Leads the Race for Top Judo School

Queen’s Park Judo Club, Cascade – The National Schools Judo League (SJL) got underway at the Queen’s Park Judo Club (QPJC) on Sunday 2nd April. Featured were 20 judoka from 7 of the 10 schools nationwide that are part of the SJL. Last year’s overall winning school, Maria Regina, leads the Primary Schools division with […]

Queen’s Park Judo Club, Cascade – The National Schools Judo League (SJL) got underway at the Queen’s Park Judo Club (QPJC) on Sunday 2nd April. Featured were 20 judoka from 7 of the 10 schools nationwide that are part of the SJL. Last year’s overall winning school, Maria Regina, leads the Primary Schools division with 104.5 points, only 17 points ahead of a surging Dunross with 87.5 points. Leading the charge for Dunross was Nicholas SiuButt who won the Boys under 11 yrs category with his unique style of positive judo. Also, not to be outdone was Isabel Clarke-Wills of Maria Regina who led her school to victory in the Girls under 11 yrs category. Nicholas’ elder brother, Adam Siu-Butt of Fatima, was his normal, composed self and used his skills and experience to overcome his challengers from Diego Martin Central Secondary. Kaitlyn Bernard of Holy Name proved why she is the top female judo competitor in Secondary Schools these days when she came out on top of gruelling round-robin contests with other competitors from Holy Name and Bishop Anstey. Despite this, Holy Name still holds the lead in the Girls Division by 65.5 points over Bishops and is in the lead for overall honours as the top judo school in the country. Other winners were Daniella Ramsay (Holy Name), Joshua John (St. Mary’s) and Xavier Jones (Fatima). Clearly, some of the most exciting judo to watch at any level nationally is always the matchup between Jones and his archrival from St. Mary’s, Luke Walker. Both are world-ranked competitors by the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the top under 18 yrs competitors in the Caribbean. They treated the crowd on hand at the QPJC to some good judo. Both are due to compete at the inaugural CARIFTA Judo Championships on 7th April in Nassau, Bahamas and hopes are high for a successful outing this weekend. This was the second of three tournaments for the school year. The final will be held on Saturday 10th June where competitors would be looking to win their respective divisions and $5,000 each for their school. The school with the most points overall gets bragging rights as Champion School and the Ian Thrush Challenge Trophy for 2016/2017. *

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