Sorry for the late update but results from June 29 Provincial Qualifier event!
Chloe takes first place in Junior Female -46 kg with a solid win 7-3 in the finals. Great performance which saw several training goals successfully completed and a dominant win over an opponent she had narrowly been defeated by in her final colour belt event last season.
Jewelian collects the first place in Junior Female -59 kg with two decisive victories. Looked very calm and collected, and very focused. Sharp performance.
Danielle finishes in first place in Junior Female +68 by default and does an exhibition match against the sole entrant from -68kg. Strong match with several hard body shots that came just short of registering on the sensors. Danielle wins the exhibition match 1-0.
Our team had two athletes in the Senior Female -49kg, Kaitlin takes first place, her first time dropping down in weight. After a first round bye and a slow start Kaitlin comes back to win her semi-final 5-4. She then moves to the finals where she fought our other athlete Urvashi who came through some difficult calls to win a semi-final contest 10-6. Both athletes were exhausted from the long day and the heat and unfortunately could not deliver as fun of a final match they had hoped for but still had a close bout with Kaitlin prevailing 1-0.
Urvashi also competed in the Junior Female -49kg category, taking a bye in the first round but dropping an unusual referee superiority decision in the semi-finals. Strange match that went into overtime despite landing a clear axe kick in the third round which we lost the video replay card on. It happens… and great job to the opposing player.
Alex finishes in 2nd place in Cadet Male -49kg. Unfortunately Alex’s first opponent had to withdraw just prior to the competition due to becoming sick in the holding area. Moving into the finals Alex competed against a much more experienced opponent with several international performances under his belt and started well but was soundly defeated by experience. This was Alex’s first tournament above a recreational local level and his first time fighting up into the Cadet age group so nothing at all to be ashamed of.
Billy breezes through his first match 7-1 in Senior Male -54kg and moves into the semi-finals where he faces an extremely experienced opponent and many times national medalist Lawrence Pham-Hung. After a difficult first round which saw him give up a few big shots, Billy came back from deficit to create some great points but was defeated 12-7 and finished in third place. In the big picture with very little experience still Billy’s progress is going great!
Q takes part in his first black belt match ever in the very populated Cadet Male -45kg category but despite a valiant effort was defeated in his opening bout. Nothing at all to be ashamed of as this division is full of great talent and Q gave his best on the day.
Lauren finishes 3rd place in Senior Female -57kg, after a long layoff from some injuries and setbacks and moving into a new weight division for the time being, just fell behind on an early exchange and although fighting really hard just could not make up the points in time.
Akshay takes a bye in the first round of Junior Male -48kg, then defeats his first opponent 1-0. In the finals Akshay faced the Canadian team member moving up from -45kg from this year’s Junior World Championships and was defeated. Much better performance than his past few games as Akshay stayed much more calm and patient.
And finally I took 3rd in the Senior Male -87kg, worst performance of my life but a great motivator both for myself to train properly for the future and a good lesson to all of our athletes on why I do not want people to compete without proper training.
Thanks also to Emilee and Willy for coming to support the team and help me with some of the OTA work on the day. We look forward to you two fighting again next game :)
Good job everyone. we are always proud of all of you win or lose.