The day has finally arrived for Judo Ontario’s Team to join Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax. I am writing this as I sit by the gate at Pearson International Airport. When I look around the gate, I am impressed by the Team Ontario athletes of all sports who sit in quiet anticipation, waiting to board the flight.
The Judo Ontario Team is made up of 13 athletes (seven women, six men), two very experienced Coaches and myself, the Team Manager. The divisions are separated by age and weight. At the Canada Winter Games, all competitors are U20. For women, the weight classes are -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg and +78kg. For the men, the weight classes for the competition are -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg and +100kg. All our athletes are leaving from Toronto, except for Luke Heatherington (from Kenora) who will be flying out of Winnipeg and will meet up with us in Halifax.
The individual judo competitions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, and the team competition will be held on Saturday. I am confident that each of our judoka will outdo themselves, as our team is strong and full of talent.
Attached is our team photo (minus Luke from Kenora)…Can’t you just feel their excitement.
Until the next update,