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“do or not do - there is no try”
-Yoda-
Congrats To Darcina
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:13

Congratulations to our Olympian, Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) who reached the round of 16 following a good victory against her Russian opponent in the first round of the -57kg category. She then lost by Yuko to the eventual bronze medallist, for an offical final placing of 9th.

This result met the criteria that were established by the NZOC and clearly justified the selection. There has been some publicity around the cost per medal and the amounts provided to various sports by HPSNZ for their campaigns - some of whom were more successful than others. Unfortunately, the criteria for financial assistance remains as podium performance at World and Olympic level, so the ability to gain such funding remains extremely challenging for global sports like ours.

Once again, well done Darcina and enjoy a well-earned rest before the international season kicks in again.

 
Great Opportunity For Young NZL Judoka
Monday, 29 August 2016 09:58

The IJF recently provided an opportunity for young judoka from around the world to take part in an International training camp held in Switzerland.

Two young NZL OJU Champions were selected to attend - Qona Christie (WEL WN) and Bradlee Wong (JNH AK). They were accompanied on this wonderful opportunity by Jason Koster (CAN CA).

By all accounts, a very beneficial experience for both.

Accounts of their experiences can be found at https://vimeo.com/175713747 and http://www.judokwai.org.nz/News/Entries/2016/7/23_Bradlee_Wong_-_IJF_Training_Camp,_Switzerland.html

 
NZL Olympic Judo Update
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:57

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) steps onto the mat tomorrow to compete in the -57kg category at the Rio Olympics. She has drawn the Russian athlete in the first round.

NZL team official Esther Velloza (GIS EC) sent an update earlier in the week;

"We were finally welcomed into the NZL team today with a powhiri. We had missed previous powhiri due to our training schedule, was worth the wait as we were part of the equestrian and gymnastic group, an honour to have sir mark Todd part of the group (8x Olympian ). We are getting into a nice flow here. No fires in our building!"

The event is being screened on Sky Sports (Pop-up 3 scheduled to begin 1255am) and Prime.

We wish Darcina all the very best!

 
Proposed Iran Judo Delegation Visit
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:37

Former Judo World Champion and Iran's Judo Federation Vice President Mr. Arash Miresmaeili is due to visit New Zealand to hold talks with JNZ on exploring ways and options that both National federations could cooperate.

Details on his visit will be released by Judo New Zealand upon confirmation, but it is intended that a training opportunity with Mr Miresmaelli will be arranged.

Three Iranians will be competing in the Rio 2016 Judo Olympics, and the first Iranian to compete in NZ - Ben Shadmanian - achieved a bronze medal in the Senior Men's -90kg category at the recent Auckland International Open.

Mr Shadmanian is involved in working with JNZ and the Iranian embassy to arrange the visit.

Read more...
 
Olympic Judo Stats
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:11

According to a recent press release from the IJF, the Rio Olympic Games will break records for both country and compeitor attendance in Judo.

136 countries will be competing in Judo, with 389 athletes qualifying. Japan, France, and the hosts Brazil will have full teams (ie 7 men and 7 women). 28 countries have 5 or more athletes competing.

Judo has been at 12 Olympics (6 including the women's division) since being included as a demonstration sport at Tokyo in 1964. Since then 51 different countries have achieved a an Olympic judo medal - Japan and France being the most successful so far.

 

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