On Saturday, April 30, a group of senior competitors from the Fernie Judo Club made their way to Salmo, B.C. to participate in the Kootenay Klassic Judo Tournament.
This small but intense competition brought together fighters from the Okanagan and West and East Kootenays as well as Washington state.
Although competing as a small club, the Fernie squad was able to make their presence felt, with two of the five competitors bringing home medals.
Fighting in the Senior Men’s division were Travis Richmond who had three tough bouts before being eliminated, and club novice Jason Warshowsky, fighting very strong in two bouts before having to withdraw due to injury.
Teammates Preston Hopp and Darren Ungaro both competed in the senior men’s heavyweight division and battled through a six man pool before Hopp was eliminated in fourth place and Ungaro captured a bronze medal.
The Senior Men’s brown and black belt division found Fernie competitor Eric Gietz fighting against a tough American team before ending with a bronze medal.
The Fernie Judo Club’s last main event of the season will be a club competition hosted by the Invermere Judo Club on May 14.