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2016 Honours
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:58

Firstly, congratulations to all competitors, volunteers and organisers for a successful 60th Anniversary 2016 National Championships.

During the event a number of honours were conferred on members who have made significant contributions to Judo in New Zealand over a long period. These awards included Honorary Officer to Derek Maggs (HEN WB) and Jason King (GIS EC). These were conferred in 2014 but had not yet been awarded.

Honorary Member awards were made to Stephen Tarring (KOI WN), Craig Bartlett (HOW AK), and Antoinette Earl (JNZ) for service to the sport at a national level over a long period.

The Judoka of the Year was awraded to Darcina Manuel (GIS EC).

Brent Cooper (JNH AK) was inducted into the JNZ Hall of Fame as the second member of the Hall. Brent achieved a gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland (to date our only CG champion), and a 5th place at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (to date the highest ever placing by an NZL athlete).

Congratulations to all who were recognised for their service and results.

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 and,_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!

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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