Abaco earned one bronze medal of the three captured by The Bahamas at the 28th US Junior Judo Open in Florida on July 22 – 24, the largest trip ever undertaken by Bahamas Judo as it was deemed necessary to gain athlete and administrative experience to host the upcoming 2017 CARIFTA and Commonwealth Youth Games.
Three members of the Abaco Judo Club traveled joining 28 others from Nassau to make up the largest group that the Bahamas Judo Federation has sent abroad today.
Desmond Bootle along with Desmondo Bootle fought in the IJF section of the tournament and while they were not successful in bringing home a medal they both showed lots of promise in their new weight divisions.
“I always have concerns when Judoka move up or into a new weight division and both young men were able to win multiple matches and should adjust very well at their new weights,” said Coach Regina Parotti.
The only medal won by Abaco came by way of a very sound performance from Rachel Rolle. “Last year at this tournament Rachel was able to secure two silver medals so a lot was expected of her going into this year’s tournament.
Last year her division was small but this year it had tripled in size, yet Rachel was undaunted by the completion and secured a bronze medal. Both myself and her coaches out of Nassau were very pleased,” said Parotti.
Due to the format of this year’s tournament the fighters only got an opportunity to compete in one section of the tournament each and that hurt our overall medal count. The Bahamas finished with three bronze medals.
This tournament is the first qualifier for next year’s inaugural Judo CARIFTA games for 11-21 year olds as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games for 14-16 year olds. Coach Parotti feels that Abaco will have a strong presence on both of those National Teams.
“Once again I would like to thank everyone who helped to get the team to Florida by way of financial contributions, also the coaches and chaperones from Nassau,” Said Coach Parotti.