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DOUBLE GOLD – Whitehorse judoka Cassi Jensen (centre) took the gold medal in the female U16 52 kg division at the 2017 Canada West Tournament in B.C. Saturday. Photo submitted by SYLVAIN RACINE

Judokas win three medals in Burnaby

Four Yukon judokas travelled down to B.C. for an invitational judo tournament taking home three medals.

By Dustin Cook on December 15, 2017

Four Yukon judokas travelled down to B.C. for an invitational judo tournament taking home three medals.

The young athletes participated in the 2017 Canada West Tournament in Burnaby on Saturday.

Two of the athletes train out of Shiroumakai Judo Club in Whitehorse and the other are from Carcross, Sylvain Racine, communications chair for Judo Yukon said, who also went down with the team.

The large annual tournament attracted more than 320 athletes in varying divisions and Racine said the team competed well winning three medals, including two golds.

A big victory came from Cassi Jensen out of Shiroumakai who won the gold in the female U16 52 kilogram division.

“She won all of her fights decisively,” Racine said. “It was the biggest tournament for her.”

In the four-person competition, Jensen won all three bouts by finish to take the title.

Jensen also moved up a weight category for the competition, Racine noted.

The other gold medal came from Racine’s son, Gabriel Racine, in the U12 50 kg category.

There were only two competitors in the division and Racine beat his competitor in the best-of-three matchup.

Dalton Penner won the bronze medal in a larger field in the U14 50 kg division and Kenai Bryden won a match in the packed U12 33 kg category with 20 athletes.

“He’s a pretty aggressive little fighter,” Racine said of the young athlete’s performance.

“He got caught on some other techniques.”

With three medals from the invitational, the athletes return home to start preparing for future tournaments in the new year.

They will be competing in a local tournament in January hosted by the Northern Lights Judo Club.

Racine said they will then face a big test at the Edmonton International Judo Competition in March featuring over 1,000 young judokas.

Judo Yukon was also approached by a judo club in Dawson Creek, Racine said, to attend a tournament there. Racine said these outside tournaments allow for more exposure for the athletes.

Travelling out of the territory to compete is not something new for Yukon athletes and Racine said these new challenges against competitors they have never faced before and to see new techniques help the athletes improve.

“Being in a smaller area we are always fighting the same competitors,” he said. “When we have to travel out we face new challenges and that is good for our development.”

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