What a fantastic year 2014 has been for our members.
We have had many milestones with in our club and I would like to share just a few :-
1. Every competition that our members attended they took home at least one medal each.
2. We had more younger members compete and travel to competitions then in previous years.
3. We have had 2 Australian Champions in our club at the same time and from the same family (Amelie and Sensei Chris)
4. We had a member of the judo club turn 18 (Blake)
5. Members successfully came home with more Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from any one single tournament
(Country Championships - Blake x 3, Amelie x 2, Eva x 2, Katie x 2, Pia x 2 , Rylan x 1, Drew x 1, Rose x 1 , Ottis x 1, Emily x 1, Jennifer x 2, Paris)
6. We participated in the "Stop the bully campaign" where we had all our members sign and uphold to stop bullies bullying.
7. We held a fantastic training day at the Milton Basketball Courts and had clubs from over the Illawarra attend, as well as St Georges Basin come to our club for training days/nights.
8. We were lucky enough to have past and present judoka visit us and train with us.
9. We had many members who have successfully graded and are working towards their next belts.
10. We were invited to the first ACT state titles at the AIS and out of 6 members who came, Yuukan was awarded 9 medals.
AND I HAVE MORE:-
Like in previous years, we have had nominees for the NSW JFA award/presentation Dinner, But this year, Amelie was not only a nominee in the NSW Junior Girls division, but she was a successful nominee and received an award.
Blake who was nominated By Bawley Point Kioloa Community Association for the "Shoalhaven Hall of Sporting Fame" at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, this year has been a difficult one for Blake, juggling judo and his HSC and Judo took a back seat and it paid off when he went for an interview with Wollongong University and he received an acceptance of Early entry into Bachelor of Nursing, we wish him all the best.
"JUDOKA OF THE YEAR"
The person has determination so strong that you can see it in their eyes.
They always take others into consideration sometimes so much so that it is impractical.
This person always helps out with the classes and pulls anyone that's mucking up in line.
They have a very strong spirit and are striving to act with integrity all the time.
They are always thinking about the consequences of their actions.
This person consistently makes sacrifices, looking out for what is right rather than what is easy, with 11 gold medals the judoka of 2014 is Amelie
(it is actually 12 and 163 points, but the Blacktown PCYC was not counted due to us having to get the trophies done on time)
The encouragement award is for the person that goes to tournaments and shows that they are participating in tournaments and taking what they learn in training to competitions.
This year the encouragement award goes to someone who has only been doing judo since the beginning of the year.
They have shown great commitment in training and at competitions.
They have travelled to and competed in more competitions than many people who have been doing judo for a lot longer.
I can see this person achieving many great things if they continue to apply themselves. The 2014 encouragement award goes to Rylan
"THE PERPETUAL TROPHY OR THE JUDO SPIRIT AWARD"
is the club trophy that every one should be striving to achieve.
This is an award for not only talent within judo but also because of having a great character and continuous efforts to better oneself as an individual.
The winner this year is a very kind, determined and resilient person who always goes to competitions and puts in 100%. This is the same with club randori, they don't cry when they lose and battle on when they are hurt.
They don't pretend that they are hurt when the going gets tough.
They always help out the younger members of the club and always show kindness and compassion.
They have continued on the same belt since 2009and not once complained, been disappointed or even asked why others are graded around them.
They are focused on improving themselves and doesn't compare themselves with others.
They display the qualities that make up a great judoka that everyone should be trying to strive for,. They always have and respect anyone who is taking the class. The deserving winner of the judoka spirit award is Eva
THE 2014 HIGHEST POINT SCORES FOR ALL OUR MEMBERS
With only 1 in the Cadet men/Women (under 18) the winner Michael had 43 points
With only 2 in the Senior Boys/Girls (under 14) the winner Paris had 37 points
With 9 in the Mons Boys/Girls (under 9) the points were contested well and the winner Eva had 78 points
With 9 in the Junior Boys/Girls (under 12) and the overall highest point scorer Amelie with a massive score of 153 points
To look at every ones points for 2014 Judoka Of the Year
as well as all the competition results
as well as all the competition results
As we see Blake leave for University, The Yuukan Judo Club needs to have the next generations of judoka also move up and take on more active roles with in our club. So Blake, has put on 2 "Assistant" for junior coaches to help Sensei Chris out at judo.
1. Riley - he learnt judo along side me right from the beginning in 2007, He is someone who i trust, as he is my brother and i know that he will do everything that Chris taught us and to teach everyone in a similar way that we were taught. I also want Riley to trust what he has discovered for himself and to know that as long as he does what he feels is right he is the best there can be for the job, he was a National, International competitor, but due to injuries he can no longer compete, I know Riley will give Chris and everyone 100%
2. Amelie- She has proven that she applies everything that she learns at training and takes it to comepetitions, we know that she is listening because she is a winner, I have watched her grow not only into a great young girl but also into a great judoka. She is still a National and International competitor, she knows what it takes to train hard.
Yuukan Judo National Competitors were also awarded with their Government recognition certificates.
Congratulations to Chris, Blake, Michael and Amelie
We also had a grading for the members who sensei Chris thought were ready to be graded to their next belt.
Blake Rylan Drew Ottis Jake
The Ashley Schofield award was chosen because
Santa Claus helper Riley came to help out for the day and we were lucky that he bought gifts for all the kids.