Team PEI Off to Nationals

2016 Nationals Team

 

Team PEI Off to National Championships

9 Judokas and 2 Coaches Headed to Calgary

Charlottetown, May 5, 2016:  Judo Canada’s National Championship is .taking place May 11th to 15th in Calgary. Prince Edward Island will be well represented with a team of 9 Judoka’s representing all 3 Judo Clubs on the Island Attending.

Shiai Competition begins Friday May 13th competing for PEI will be:

Jesse Heartz from Rikidokan Judo Club in Charlottetown U18 Men’s  -81Kg division
Emma VanWesterneng from Rikidokan Judo Club in Charlottetown U18 Women’s -63Kg division
Kamryn Shea from Lennox Island Judo Club U18 Women’s +78Kg division

Fighting Saturday May 14th are:

Dylan Sheppard  from Rikidokan Judo Club in Charlottetown U16 Men’s  -60Kg division
Sebastian Nash from Toshidokan Judo Club in Summerside U16 Men’s +73Kg
Loren Enman from Lennox Island Judo Club U16 Women’s – 52Kg division
Karlyn Shea from Lennox Island Judo Club  U16 Women’s -57Kg division
Micah Banks from Rikidokan Judo Club in Charlottetown U21 Men’s -60Kg division
Dominic Di Julio from Lennox Island Judo Club U21 Men’s -81Kg division

They will be accompanied by Team PEI Head Coach Robin Enman (Lennox Island Judo Club) and Assistant Coach Kent Hardy (Rikidokan Judo Club)

They will be leaving from the Charlottetown airport Wednesday evening arriving in Calgary just after midnight local time.  Official weigh-ins take place Thursday evening for competitors competing Friday and Friday evening for competitors competing Saturday.

With 6 Judokas who have competed at previous National Championships including Bronze Medalist from 2014 Kamryn Shea coach Robin Enman is expecting some good results, “They are going to be competing against the best in Canada and all our fighters deserve to be counted among the best, these are all great athletes with the potential to medal, a lot can depend on the way the divisions draw,  I expect we will see a few top 5 performances which is a great achievement when you look at some divisions will have 16 or more competitors in them.”

Assistant Coach Kent Hardy who is attending his first Nationals as a coach is looking forward to seeing the athlete’s compete at this level, “I know from my experience as an athlete this is one of the highlight  events of my competitive career, but seeing these athletes over the last year this has the potential to be a stepping stone to bigger opportunities”

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