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Abaco Judo Club Trains for Tournament

Abaco JudoFive members of The Abaco Judo Club spent three weeks in Nassau training at the National Judo Center in preparation for the upcoming US Jr. Judo Open.

“Although only three of the members are going to the tournament the other two are putting in the hard work towards next year’s CARIFTA and Commonwealth Youth Games” said club coach Regina Parotti. Also joining the students for the first week was Rebecca Strachan who was home from University.

The young people were especially excited to try the Olympic sports of Fencing and Archery for the first time.  The camp is run by The Bahamas Judo Federation under the supervision of National Head Coach Darcy Rahming Jr.

The three member team from Abaco will join with other Judoka from Nassau to make up the National Team at this year’s US Jr. Open.

Before the tournament there will be a clinic in Florida to help sharpen their skills.  “Coach Ramming is pleased with the level of Judo coming out of Abaco and we are looking forward to another successful tournament,” said Parotti.

The team consisting of Desmondo Bootle, Desmond Bootle and Rachel Rolle leaves Nassau on July 17th and fighting starts July 22nd-23rd.

The Abaco Judo Club would like to thank all who contributed financially to make this trip possible.

About 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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