Yoshitaka Mori and Yoshio Yoshida were awarded, posthumously, the Steve Sasaki Award this past Saturday as part of the 2012 Annual General Meeting.
Yoshitaka Mori was an 8th Dan, and founder of the Vernon Judo Club. A leader in the development of judo in BC and Canada, Mori was a member of the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame and Judo Canada Hall of Fame.
Yosh Yoshida was a 7th Dan with the Kamloops Judo Club. Sensei Yoshida had been with the Kamloops club since it’s opening in 1956 and was awarded several distinctions throughout his Judo career. He was instrumental in developing Judo in Kamloops and in 1998 was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.