Erskine Trotman was awarded the best overall competitor when the Guyana Judo Association (GJA) held its qualifying tournament for the Pan American Judo Cup on Sunday last at North Ruimveldt Multilateral School.
Trotman won the heavyweight category and open division, while Kyle Archer and Brendon Jones placed second in the open and that segment respectively. Other winners were Zedy Wray and Leon Duggan in the junior category, Kyle Archer in the junior/senior division and Khelbert Archer in the senior category.
The best technique prize was awarded to Zedy Wray. Nicholas Gunell and Andrew Prince took the runner up spot in their respective junior divisions, while and Junaid Barlow and Joshua Bachandeen came third in the said segment. Kobissa Rogers took third place in the heavyweight class, while Naeem Yassin and Joshua Bachandeen came second and third in that order in the junior/senior category. Anil Eastman took the runner up spot in the senior segment, Compton Simon finished third and Shaka Anderson fourth; Kobisa Rogers placed third in the open division.
President of the GJA, Raoul Archer was extremely proud of the skills displayed by the students and noted their vast improvement. He is grateful that the sport has provided an avenue for recreation and physical exercise which is proven to tackle obesity among kids and adults. He pointed out that even tough it’s a sport; it helps one to develop proper mannerism, discipline and humility which are extremely important values for their lives.
The president expressed gratitude to Imran and Sons/Imran and Daughters of Rose Hall Town on the Corentyne, Rojan Fashion Boutique Town, Abu Razac and Sons Halal Butchery of Canje Corentyne, Vegas Parking of Durban Street, Masjid An-Najam and Social Centre in Albouystown, Iman I. Haniff of New Amsterdam, Ali’s Halaal Snackette of Tain, Kitty Masjid, PS of the Ministry of Agriculture George Jarvis, Khan Auto Sales, Sankar’s Auto Sales, Banks DIH and the parents of the participants.
Four of the eight clubs with a total of 30 students took part; Kitty Masjid Judo Club, Albouystown Masjid Judo Club, Norht Ruimveldt Multilateral School and Bell West Judo Club. Participants were assessed on the execution and combating of techniques. The Pan American Cup will be held in Barbados.
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