The 2014 Bahamas Judo Open Tournament was held in Nassau on May 10th and Abaco did far better than anyone in the judo world expected, winning 3 Gold, 8 Silver and 9 Bronze medals with a total of 13 fighters.
“This year’s tournament was far tougher than any ever held in the nation,” said Head Coach Regina Parotti. “For the first time ever, Cuba sent its National Champions Team comprising six world-class fighters and the United States brought twelve USA National Champions to compete with The Bahamas’ best. We entered several of our athletes in multiple divisions – their proper age & weight categories and also in the next heavier divisions – to give them as much fighting experience against world class players as we could.”
“We were realistically hoping for perhaps a few silver and bronze medals against such high level, world-winning fighters” said Sensei Albert Lill. “What we really wanted at this tournament was to train with and gain experience from such an elite group of players. When Rebecca Strachan defeated an American National Champion to capture the Silver medal in the Women’s Senior Division early into the tournament the stadium rocked with thunderous applause!”
Abaco’s Gold Medalists were Sebastian Parr, Jonathan Strachan and Rachel Rolle. Silver Medalists were Colin Albury (Silver Medal in 2 Divisions), Desmond Bootle, Taryn Carroll, Rachel Rolle, Brad Cooper, Dre Hall and Rebecca Strachan. Bronze Medalists were Ben Belotte, Desmond Bootle, Taryn Carroll, Dre Hall, Nikhai Johnson, John Pintard, Jonathan Strachan, Rebecca Strachan and Ozeke Swain.
Abaco Judo Club will be hosting its 4th Annual Abaco Open Tournament in Marsh Harbour on June 14th and the public is invited to attend no cost. For tournament details please contact Head Coach Parotti at 475-1632 or email at email@example.com.