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Abaco Judo Club's Juvenile and Pre Cadet team at Bahamas Open Judo National Championships. Left to right Head Coach Regina Parotti, Kaylee Roberts Pre Cadet bronze medal, Jayce Bonnell Juvenile boys Bronze medal, Olivia Bonnell Pre Cadet silver medal, Adolfo Thompson Juvenile boys Bronze medal and Maliq Kersaint Pre Cadet boys bronze medal.

Judo Club Competes in Nationals and CARIFTA

The Abaco Judo Club traveled to Nassau to compete in CARIFTA Judo and the Bahamas Open National Tournament on June 22 and 23 and once again they represented Abaco well.

CARIFTA started Friday night and Abaco was well represented with four Judoka fighting for Team Bahamas.

Desmond Bootle Jr. captured his gold medal in the individual male Junior division and a silver in team fighting.  His brother Desmondo came away with bronze in both male junior and team fighting.

The female fighters had no individual fighting as no other countries fielded any female fighters but they did well in the team section of the tournament as they both competed on the international mixed teams.

Rachel Rolle helped her team to a gold medal and Kaylee Roberts worked hard to ensure a bronze medal for her team.

“Team Bahamas is looking great as we get ready for the World junior Judo Championships being hosted by the Bahamas in October of this year,” said Head Coach Regina Parotti.

In the Bahamas Open Nationals Tournament, the fighters continued on to an impressive overall medal count of eight individual medals.

“We took 10 fighters and got 8 medals total in Nationals. I was pleased with everyone’s fights,” said Parotti.

Of the only two that did not medal Vonte La Rose made it to the bronze medal round in his first tournament and lost to a very good fighter and Matthew Rose had to fight way out of his division because there was no competition in his division.

Matthew, at the age of 12 years-old, competed with 16 to 18-year-old Judoka and showed a lot of heart as all of his matches were hard fought.

“Our clubs focus now is the US Junior Open in July in which we have four Judoka planning to attend,” Coach Parotti said.

“At present five member of the Abaco Judo Club are spending the summer training and living with the National team in Nassau. They are Rachel Rolle, Desmond and Desmondo Bootle Dre Hall and Vonte La Rose.  This training is very hard and is being run by National Head Coach Oneysi Pons of Cuba,” she said.

Following is an overall break down of medals won by The Abaco Judo Club:

Desmond Bootle Jr.CARIFTA Gold and Silver,Nationals Gold

Desmondo Bootle CARIFTA 2 Bronze, Nationals 1 Bronze

Rachel Rolle CARIFTA Gold Nationals Bronze

Kaylee Roberts CARIFTA Bronze, Nationals Bronze

Olivia Bonnell Nationals Silver

Jayce Bonnell Nationals Bronze

Adolfo Thompson Nationals Bronze

Maliqu Kersaint Nationals Bronze.

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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