Gold for The Bahamas at Bajan tournament
Tajaro Hudson and Kevon Lockhart fought through intense competition to win gold medals at the Barbados International Tournament.
More than 130 athletes and 10 nations took part in the event. Both athletes were undefeated. They defeated opponents from Martinique, Bonaire and Barbados in their respective divisions.
“Four years ago we were not able to even win a match at this tournament,” said Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF) president D’Arcy Rahming, who accompanied the boys as coach. “I regret that funding only allowed us to take two athletes. I am quite positive that the entire team is capable of producing similar results.”
According to Rahming, the major change to the program this year was the strength trainer Father Franklyn Colebrooke and Chrisnell Cooper, the new junior coach. The federation also has the use of a full gym at the national headquarters at All Star Judo on Joe Farrington Road.
The Barbados Tournament was Lockhart’s first international outing. Lockhart, 9, is a student at St. Andrew’s School and he was very pleased with the results.
“My training paid off. I am so happy,” he said.
St. Augustine’s College (SAC) student Tajaro Hudson, 13, defeated an opponent from Martinique for the gold.
“He beat me last year,” said Tajaro, “so I was determined to win. I trained very hard for this.”
The Bahamas Judo Federation also held its Winter Tournament at Xavier’s Lower School last Saturday. According to Rahming, the tournament will be used as a fundraiser for future tournaments.