The Abaco Judo Club held their annual promotions on October 7, giving special recognition to Desmond Bootle Jr. for attaining his black belt and naming the Most Improved and Most Outstanding Judoka for the year.
Desmond Bootle Jr. was officially welcomed for the first time by the Abaco Judo club members as the club’s newest black belt as his promotion was held in Nassau earlier in the year.
Mr. Bootle will be representing The Bahamas later in October in The Dominican Republic as he fights towards qualifying for the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).
Young Theophilus Russell was awarded the Most Improved Judoka for 2016-2017. This award is given to the white belt who showed the best progress.
Fourteen-year-old Kaylee Roberts was awarded the Most Outstanding Judoka of 2016-2017.
“Kaylee represented the Bahamas at the first ever CARIFTA Judo competition earlier in the year and her willingness to fight outside of her division and face a much older and larger opponent just to make sure the Bahamas team got every point they could towards their high point trophy earned Kaylee this award,” said Head Coach Regina Parotti as she presented the trophy to Roberts.
The Abaco Judo Club has had another successful year as Kaylee Roberts captured Gold at CARIFTA; Desmondo Bootle attaining a Gold medals at CARIFTA, as well as at the Bahamas Open; Desmond Bootle Jr. earned a Gold at CARIFTA, a Gold at the Bahamas Open, and Silver medals at the Barbados Invitational and the Florida Open; and Rachel Rolle captured a Bronze at CARIFTA, a Bronze at the US Open, a Gold at the Barbados Invitational, a Silver at the Barbados Invitational, and a Gold medal at Cherry Blossom.
Desmond Bootle Jr., along with Ozeke Swain – Abaco Judo Clubs first black belt – assisted in giving out the awards to the newly promoted Judoka.
Promoted from White belt to Yellow belt: Anastasia Claridge, Theophilus Russell, Telia Treasure Russell, Conner Bethel, Blake Cash and Tyler Johnson.
Promoted from Yellow to Orange Belt: Manix Ospin, Adolpho Thompson, Maliq Kersaint and Kaylee Roberts.
Promoted from Orange to Green Belt: Vonte La Rose, Olivia Bonnell, Matthew Rose and Jayce Bonnell.