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Airdrie Judo Club receives provincial awards

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am

Airdrie Judo Club member Brandon Martin took down Justin McEachern during a training session on Dec. 9. Martin, 17, was this year's Judo Alberta U18 male athlete of the year award winner, which he recieved at a ceremony in Red Deer on Nov. 30.
Airdrie Judo Club member Brandon Martin took down Justin McEachern during a training session on Dec. 9. Martin, 17, was this year's Judo Alberta U18 male athlete of the year award winner, which he recieved at a ceremony in Red Deer on Nov. 30.
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The Airdrie Judo Club was rewarded for its efforts throughout the 2012/13 season with the Judo Alberta club of the year award during the annual provincial awards ceremony on Nov. 30 at the Red Deer Judo Tournament.

“I was pretty happy and pretty proud to hear that our club would be getting the award,” Airdrie Judo Club Head Sensei Trevor Hazell explained. “It’s a cool thing for a club like ours to win something like this, as we are not a big club by any means with 55 members.”

“It’s great for our club, but it’s good for our city I think as well, as we get to have our name out there and let people know about what we are doing here,” he added.

In addition to the recognition from the province, three members of the Airdrie Judo Club received individual accolades.

Brandon Martin, 17, received the Judo Alberta U18 male athlete of the year award, though he didn’t find out he was taking home the honour until shortly after the ceremony took place.

“I had actually gone to have a meal with my dad and when I got back a bunch of my friends were telling me that I had missed getting my award,” Martin said. “I wasn’t totally sure what they were talking about at first, but once I realized that I was getting a provincial award, I was really happy about getting it.”

“Brandon’s a quiet guy and doesn’t say very much, but he is always working very hard,” Hazell said. “He earned a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships in Richmond, B.C. in July, which was a big deal for him as he has been right there in the mix for the last couple of years.”

Two club members, who are currently training at the National Judo Centre in Montreal, also took home provincial honours. Darren Elcock and Cassidy Norris received the U21 male athlete and senior female athlete of the year awards respectively.

“Both Darren and Cassidy are real up–and-coming stars on the national scene, and they are doing well in Montreal so far since they both moved there this fall,” Hazell said. “Darren won a bronze at the nationals in July and he also won a bronze medal at a World Cup event in Portugal back in March, which was a big deal for everyone involved in judo in the province.”

“Cassidy won our only medal in Alberta at the nationals last year in the senior ranks with a bronze medal, and she also won a bronze in the U21 female event, which shows just how much she has grown in the past year,” he added.

For more information visit, www.airdriejudo.ca


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