The Bahamas Judo Federation announced its full team of athletes for the inaugural CARITFA Judo Tournament which includes 37 Judoka which includes four from Abaco.
The Abaco Judo Club is pleased to have four of its Judoka represented on the Team, including new comer to the National Team Kaylee Roberts who will fight in the Under 15, 57Kg + division, while Rachel Rolle, a seasoned fighter will fight in the Over 15 Under 70 kg division. Both Kaylee and Rachel are students of Forest Heights Academy.
Also selected for the team are Abaco standouts now schooling at the University of The Bahamas, Desmond Bootle in the Under 21, 60 kg division and Desmond Bootle in the Under 21, Under 90kg division.
“It was no walk in the park to make this team, “said head coach Regina Parotti. “Especially for the two young ladies. Every time they need to train with the National Team it is a huge financial commitment for the Club as funding is very limited. We are basically self-funded at this time.”
The team was selected based on success at the International and National level as well as participation.
The team will be traveling on April 5-9th into Nassau for the games. Anyone wishing to help with travel expenses are asked to contact Head Coach Regina Parotti at 475-1632.
“CARIFTA is an important stepping stone for many other sports in getting young people into larger regional Games. It improves interest in sport and a better understanding of sports like Judo, which is an Olympic Sport. It is very important to the future success of these young people to now have this platform in which to showcase their talents on a regional level,” said Coach Parotti.