2016 World Veteran’s Championships
Seven JFA members represented Australia at the World Veteran’s Judo Championships in November 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
There were a thousand competitors from all over the World and the standard of the judo was excellent.
Four of the team were from Western Australia; Helen Thompson, Luc Tournier, Lito Uyami and Peter Middleton. Peter had fifteen in his division, he fought well but lost to an Italian who then lost so there was no repecharge for him. Helen (officially still a Brit but waiting on an Australian passport) lost her fight for a bronze. Lito got to the bronze medal rounds to narrowly lose and place fifth in high standard divisions, he was in M1 (30 to 35 year) a division which includes current internationals. Luc lost his first match and is using this loss to motivate him to train even harder for 2017.
Doug Noack from Victoria won his first fight, had two more fights and placed seventh. He fought well and was unlucky not to go further.
Jeb McAviney from News South Wales lost his first fight in a close match to the Italian Massimo Laurenzi and is keen to continue his comeback.
Ken McAviney, also from New South Wales, lost the first then won the second with an ippon then lost the bronze medal fight against an old foe Irahy Tedesco from Brazil.
In 2017, the World Veteran’s Judo Championships will be in Sardinia, Italy. The date is not yet confirmed, however it will likely be in September.