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On May 2, ten members of The Abaco Judo Club competed in Nassau in The Bahamas Open Martial Arts Competition (BOMAC). After an afternoon of strong competition, the team was able to win five silver and five bronze medals.

Judo Club Earns Medals

Above: Coach Parotti with the Junior team members Olivia Bonnell, Sebastian Parr and Jace Bonnell.
Above: Coach Parotti with the Junior team members Olivia Bonnell, Sebastian Parr and Jace Bonnell.

On May 2, ten members of The Abaco Judo Club competed in Nassau in The Bahamas Open Martial Arts Competition (BOMAC).  After an afternoon of strong competition, the team was able to win five silver and five bronze medals.

“This is the start of our competition season and I am pleased with the performances of my fighters,” said Head Coach Regina Parotti.  “We know what we have to work on now and will be putting in the time to make corrections and fine tune our fighting skills.”

Coach Parotti was assisted by Coaches Ben Bellott and Ozeke Swain.

Silver medals were awarded to new students Olivia Bonnell and Jace Bonnell as well as Jonathan Strachen who fought a very strong international medalist for the gold but just missed out, and Rachel Rolle who fought and defeated a much older and higher ranked opponent for the silver medal win.  Dre Hall secured the final silver medal for the team.

Bronze medals went to Ben Bellott, Ozeke Swain, Desmond Bootle and Desmondo Bootle as well as Sebastian Parr who lost his final match to a judge’s decision.

After the tournament the senior members of the club were treated to an evening of track and field as they were able to take in the IAAF World Relays Championships.

The Abaco Judo Club thanks everyone who contributed to their Throw-A-Thon which made this trip possible.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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