Fernie Judo Club managed to keep hold of 19 medals when it hosted the annual Invitational Tournament on Saturday, January 22.
About 100 judo competitors from the East and West Kootenays as well as southern Alberta came to Fernie to participate in the annual Fernie Invitational Judo Tournament.
Twenty competitors from Fernie took part and put in some strong performances.
Competing in the under-9 category was Fernie novice Madi Milligan who won silver and in the under-11 category Colton Skead finished with a bronze.
In a very competitive under-13 category, Anthony Milligan finished with a bronze, Cade Williams, Noah Teetzel, Ben Gilmet, Megan Koevoet and Peter Dunn all finished with silver, and Liam Teetzel won gold.
In the under-15 catagories, Fernie competitors Cole Goodman and Megan Hammer finished with silver and Nik Dunn won gold. Teammate Dayne Budd was eliminated from his division by teammate Goodman to finish in fourth position after some very tough matches.
The under-17 divisions saw competitors Sydney Koevoet finishing with silver in the ladies division and teammate Travis Richmond finishing with bronze. Fernie’s Jayden Gross was eliminated from his division by some provincially ranked competitors from Creston.
Senior Divisions found Fernie novice competitors Tonya Skead winning bronze and Jason Warshowsky winning silver in their first ever competition. Fernie’s Alisha Glover finished with gold and Eric Gietz won bronze in the Brown / Blackbelt open division.
The team competitions were the final events of the day and found team Raymond, Alta., beating team Fernie. Raymond was eliminated in the final match by a strong Salmo team that took home the Team Trophy.
The Fernie Judo Club would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make their 24th annual tournament a success and would like to especially acknowledge the sponsorship of Helicool in Fernie.