The administration, staff and over 800 students of the Eva Hilton Primary School gave recognition to the accomplishments of one of the schools’ family members, fifth grade student Keilesha Saunders, on Friday, September 20.
Saunders is a judoist who knows her way around the competition mat.
Saunders competed in the 31st Annual U.S. Open Judo Championships on August 26-28, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She won a gold medal in the under-9 32 kilogram category.
This young judoist went on to win a bronze medal in the female under-11 37kg category, a weight above her class, becoming the first Bahamian to win two medals in the U.S. Judo Championships and the only athlete out of 32 countries to secure two medals at the competition.
Her international judo competitions this summer climaxed in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 1–3, where she won a gold and silver medal in the American Traditional Jujutsu Association (ATJA) and American Judo and Jujutsu Federation (AJJF) competition.
Saunders trains at the Eastwood Judo Club under the tutelage of Sensei Neville “Mickey” Munnings.
Munnings has put focus on and notice to competitors who intend to participate in the Dallas Invitational Judo Championships later this year in November. They have planned to raise the Bahamian flag with outstanding performances from team Bahamas in best judo form.