Darren Elcock, son of local horseracing magnate Colin Elcock, continues to make waves in the Canadian Judo circles. He competed in the U15, U17 & U20 Canadian Judo
Championships which were held last weekend in Sept Iles Quebec as a member of the Airdrie Judo Club.
The 4-member team of Darren Elcock, Nicole Lachapelle, Brandon Martin, and Justin
McEachren, also in the process qualified to make the Alberta team this
Darren Elcock displayed his awesome fighting ability during the competition. After a second place finish last year at nationals, big things were expected from him this year as well.
Much to the delight of his teammates, trainers, family and supporters, a focused Darren eliminated all 8 competitors in his division, the U17 – 50kg to finish the day with a perfect record and the Gold medal, being crowned Canadian champion.
The young Elcock decided to move up an age division and weight division and fought in the U20 -55KG department, but lost in the bronze medal fight.
With his National U17 Championship, he has earned a spot on the Canadian Junior Nation team and will be heading to Kiev, Ukraine for the U17 Cadet World Championships as part of his very impressive list of accomplishments later this year.
Of his other teammates, Brandon Martin drew two of his fights and failed to advance to the semifinals.
Justin McEachren fought well but lost a very close fight to advance to the gold medal match.
He re-grouped and fought his way back to the bronze medal.
The lone female member of the team, Nicole Lachaplle, turned in an impressive performance to end with a 4 and 1 record to claim the Gold medal in the U15 – 63kg department.
Meanwhile, Kaieteur Sport sought a comment from Darren’s father Colin Elcock, who said he was very proud of his son’s achievement.
He noted that Darren had promised some time back that he would up his game and vie for national honours, a pledge he has kept, not just vying but winning.
However, Elcock said that full credit must be given to Darren’s mom Candace and Aunt Roxanne, who have spent countless hours in shuttling the youngster to training and competition venues.
He also noted the immense input of Sensei Paul Hachey, who had his son in hand since he was a seven year old and the new National Coach, Frenchwoman Sensei Shaira
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