Samoa National Judo Championship
The Judo Federation held a National Championship last week Saturday at the Apia Park.
The competition is held once every year as part of the International Judo Federation requirements.
Speaking to the President of the Samoa Judo Federation Travis Lamb he said the competition is also a chance to identify the kids’ talents.
“This is the Samoa National Judo Championship that we hold once a year and it is for our juniors up to age 14 and 15 years and over will compete in the open,” he said.
“We have to run this competition once a year because it is the International Judo Federation requirements that we always have to run national competition.”
“So whoever wins in each category will be the national championship and there is no weight category.”
“Some of the smaller people will have to fight for the bigger people and some of the girls will have to compete against some of the girls.”
The president went on to say that the competition ended well without any injuries from the kids.
“We also had the rare distinction watching one of our older Judoka (a JICA volunteer who is 70 years old) give a much younger man (about 20 years of age) a real run for his money,” he said.
“It was very impressive and shows that Judo is for all ages.”
“The winners of each category received medals and some vouchers from Island Rock and PFL.”
Junior Youth Category
1st – Violet Gay
2nd – Victor Suifili
3rd - Yuji Haga
1st – Saynt Ah-Him
2nd – David Vaoliko
3rd – Austin Dotson
Division Senior Grade
1st – Koli To’omalatai
2nd – Institute Peresetene
3rd – Raymond Haga
Open Grade –
1st – Nanai Derek Su’a
2nd – Jay Fanene
3rd - Aleni Smith