We have had our first selection event (BC Youth Provincial Championships) for next years winter games and it was a great success with over 70 games eligible athletes participating. If you missed this event don’t worry you can still qualify but you need to show your interest in competitive judo through competition and regional training!
Games eligible athletes are defined as born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (and with special permission – 2006) orange belt or higher by Feb 2018. If you have a child born in these years with an interest in competitive judo please discuss with your club coach who will find get more details to you on how to qualify for the games.
The goal of the games is to stimulate and test interest in high performance Judo. It is an amazing experience and all those eligible are encouraged to explore the chance to participate – all journeys begin with a single step!
The sport specific package for Judo is not yet available but selection is already under way. Lists of eligible athletes are being created and distributed to your zone representatives for tracking.
Zone selections will happen in the late fall of 2017 and will be based on demonstrated interest in competitive judo (attending shiai and regional training). Athletes compete for the zone in which they RESIDE so test your postal code against the following map to find your zone, it may be different than other members in your club!
The zone representatives who will be making the team selections for each zone are as follows:
Zone 1 – Kootenays – Leelen Samuelson
Zone 2 – Thompson Okanagan – Aubrey Comley
Zone 3 – Fraser Valley – Layton Kelly
Zone 4 – Fraser River – Gabriela De Sousa
Zone 5 – Vancouver Coastal – Hiroshi Nishi
Zone 6 – Van Isle – Sunshine Coast – Michael Turner
Zone 7 – North West – Bernard Mattie
Zone 8 – Carboo – North East – Aline Strasdin
Athletes should let their coaches and senseis know if they are interested and coaches should in turn communicate directly with the zone representatives to understand the selection process and help mobilize and encourage their athletes to qualify! Remember it goes both ways…those who want to attend the games need to compete and train, those who compete and train should sign up for the games!
Jeremy Grant – Provincial Sport Advisor – BCWG (Judo)