Very proud this weekend. Team Big performed really well at the New Zealand Judo Nationals.
Noah did very well in the Junior Men's Division. Winning a Bronze in the very competitive -81 kg Division. This was a magnificent performance considering the size of the pool, the quality of the competition and the fact that Noah is actually a Cadet. No wonder Nelly looks like a Cheshire Cat!
Noah then came second in the Junior Men's Open. No shame in that. Keightly Watson fresh from the Junior Worlds is some pretty tough competition.
The next day, fight in his age group,Noah won two Golds one for his weight and one in the Open!
Scott placed third in the Senior Boys - 66 kg division..
Big's youngest competitor Wiremu had a good day. With no other boys in his weight he had to fight in the next weight division up. Hey, no problem he won that then went on to win the Junior Boy's Open. What a day three Golds!
And last but not least big ups to Jacob and Don. Jacob is working hard and fighting well but breaking into a competitive weight division is really hard. And Don well he certainly has the warrior spirit but it is now in a 58 year old body,
Most importantly it is a day we can all be proud of because Big Judo is team effort. With the exception of Don all of our fighters are people trained from the start and Big Judo.
The coaches work together and support each other.
The parents and senior students support us and together we are starting to build some good Judo players within a strong Judo family. Its awesome.
No wonder these guys are smiling!