As the Abaco Judo Club seeks to compete internationally they are turning to the community for support with plans for three fundraisers
The club has been training a number of Abaco’s youth for the past four years in the martial art and Olympic sport of judo and has met with great success, winning The Bahamas National Championships three years in a row and one Bronze and one Silver at the Junior US Open in 2013.
The club is planning to hold three fundraising avenues. They are presently sending out a corporate sponsorship letter to the business community of Abaco as well as planning a Judo Throw-a-thon on Friday, October 18 at 4pm at Forest Heights Academy and a bake sale with a table located outside of Maxwell’s on Saturday, October 19 from 10 am until.
The Club’s goal this year is to have Abaco represent The Bahamas at the CAC Games and US Open and win!
Sensei Albert Lill said “our top athletes have the track record, skill, heart and mental and physical toughness to become International Champions, but they must compete and win on the International Judo Federation Circuit to achieve official International Champion level.”
The first major tournament this year is The Barbados International Invitational this November 21 – 25 which will determine the Caribbean Regional Champions. Only winners at this tournament qualify to continue on towards representing their countries at the CAC Games and the US Open in 2014.
The club is seeking a $1600 per athlete for travel and tournament costs and they have five fighters who are qualified to compete.
Abaco Judo Club is 100% non-profit. All coaches donate all their time, buy all uniforms, pay for all Federation and Tournament fees and pay their own way to all tournaments to coach and chaperone the athletes. All of the clubs students and their parents pay as much as they can to travel but we can’t compete at this level without financial support.
Sensei Lill said “We promise you that all athletes and coaches will continue going all out with extremely intensive training, and that our athletes will make Abaco and The Bahamas proud!”
The Abaco Judo Club will also have Sensei Phil Jones from Grand Bahama visiting the Club on October 12. Sensei Jones is one of only a hand-full of Bahamians to compete at the college level in Judo. He will have classes from 11 am until 12:30 pm with the elite team and from 1 pm until 3 pm with the juniors.