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12 ATHLETES HEADING TO THE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Updated: Nov 28, 2023


2023 Kids Festival Champion, Danyel Kilian, securing the back of her opponent.
2023 Kids Festival Champion, Danyel Kilian, securing the back of her opponent.

SHALLOW LAKE - This coming weekend the Markham Pan Am Centre will play host to the 2023 Ontario Provincial Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the last major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament for 2023. Twelve athletes, representing both Grey-Bruce County and Kilian Academy, will fight for gold at this year's Championship.

The twelve-year-old Southampton phenom and Canadian White Belt Champion, Hunter Ward, will make his debut at grey belt in the boys 12-13 years grey belt -96 lbs division. Hunter will seek to add another gold to his 2023 Canadian Nationals gold, 2023 Kids Festival gold and Ontario International silver.

2023 Canadian Nationals Champion, Hunter Ward, cycling guard in preparation to sweep his opponent.
2023 Canadian Nationals Champion, Hunter Ward, cycling guard in preparation to sweep his opponent.

The pocket rocket seven-year-old Danyel Kilian, will also make her debut competing at grey belt and will seek to add more medals to her 2023 Ontario International silver and 2023 Kids Festival gold. The Sauble Beach athlete will be competing in the girl's 6-7 years grey belt -52 lbs division.


Thirteen-year-old Madeleine Potter, a student at Hepworth Central Public School, and another phenomenal female athlete, will seek to add gold to her 2023 Ontario International gold. Potter will be competing in the girls 12-13 years white belt +142 lbs division.

2023 Ontario International champion, Maddie Potter navigating her opponent's guard.
2023 Ontario International champion, Maddie Potter navigating her opponent's guard.

Kristahn Kilian will seek to improve on his bronze medal awarded at the 2023 Kids Festival. The Sauble Beach athlete will compete in the boys 8-9 years white belt -71,5 lbs division.


Southampton’s ten-year-old Auron Ward will seek to add to his 2023 Canadian Nationals silver medal. Auron will compete in the boys 10-11 years white belt -78,5 lbs division.


The up-and-coming ten-year-old prospect from Kemble, Kimberly Woodroffe, will seek to add a major gold to her 2023 Budo Open gold and 2023 Ontario International silver. At the 2023 Kids Festival, Kimberly had to withdraw due to injury and would be looking to secure her spot as one of the top three in her division, in Ontario. Kimberly will compete in the girls 10-11 years white belt -105 lbs division.


Twelve-year-old Melanie Woodroffe will be hunting for her first gold at competitive jiu-jitsu. The Kemble athlete has secured silver at the 2023 Budo Kids Open, bronze at the 2023 Ontario International, silver at the 2023 Kids Jiu-Jitsu Festival and silver at the Budo Open. Melanie will compete in the girls 12-13 years white belt -142 lbs division.


Bianca Carleton from Shallow Lake (10-year-old) will make her debut in the girl's 10-11 years white belt -71,5 lbs division. Carter Avis from Owen Sound (11-year-old) will make his debut in the boy's 10-11 years white belt -78,5 lbs division. Willow Wynter from Owen Sound (10-year-old) will make her debut in the girl's 10-11 years white belt -105 lbs division. The talented Sonny Meneray from Owen Sound (7-year-old) will make his debut in the boy's 6-7 years white belt -45,5 lbs division.


Thirty-two-year-old Firefighter from Owen Sound, Troy Adair, will make his debut in the Masters 1 white belt light division.


Should you find yourself in Markham over the weekend come and support Grey Bruce County athletes at the 2023 Provincial Championships. Form part of our supporters’ corp. and join in the advancement of Grey Bruce County athletes. Kilian Academy is one of the leading martial arts facilities in Grey Bruce County providing both competitive and non-competitive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to young and old. Visit Kilian Academy in Shallow Lake and engage in a journey of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. For those who wish to form part of our competition squad, contact Kilian Academy and prepare for the 2024 season. The Academy also hosts a wonderful group of weekend warriors who train with their competition team to prepare competitors to represent both the Academy and Grey Bruce County at tournaments.


Auron Ward in action at the 2023 Canadian Nationals.
Auron Ward in action at the 2023 Canadian Nationals.
Kristahn Kilian in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.
Kristahn Kilian in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.
Melanie Woodroffe in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.
Melanie Woodroffe in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.
Kimberley Woodroffe in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.
Kimberley Woodroffe in action at the 2023 Ontario International Open.

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