Event shows judo is growing in Border

JOLLY JUDOKA: Sensei Henny Boel’s students did well in the inaugural Henny Boel Open Judo Championship held recently. Boel, far right, says the sport is gaining popularity Picture: SUPPLIED

THE first Henny Boel Open Judo Championship took place at the Selborne Primary School hall recently.

The inaugural event on September 2 was to celebrate Boel’s work as a founder member of Border Judo about 25 years ago.

There were about 100 judoka’s in attendance, some from as far as Queenstown and Fort Hare University in Alice. “There was a very high standard of judo and it was most encouraging to see the talent we have here in Border, and sooner rather than later we will be a very competitive province.

“Most of the East London Academy of Judo students were recipients of gold medals and most of the trophies went to those students,” sensei Boel said.

Yandisa Maquanda was the most competitive male, Mlevi Mabula the most competitive junior male, Tyler Ray the most promising judoka of the day and Siphelele Konono displayed the best competitive spirit.

Sensei Henny Boel, sensei Wayne Victor and sensei Brendon Boel thanked all the organisers of the event, the sponsors and the competitors.

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