MARKHAM - This weekend the Markham Pan Am Centre played host to the 2023 Ontario Provincial Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the last major Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament for 2023. And once again Twelve athletes represented Grey-Bruce County and Kilian Academy.
Thirty-two-year-old Firefighter Troy Adair from Owen Sound made his spectacular debut by securing silver in the Masters 1 white belt light division. “Troy is another one of our impressive adult beginner athletes. An athlete who juggles shift work and training. His performance was exceptional for a debutant, defeating his first two opponents and securing silver in the finals.”
The ten-year-old up-and-coming prospect Kimberly Woodroffe, took silver, losing by points in the girls’ 10-11 years white belt heavyweight division finals. Kimberly has been consistent at competing, adding silver to her 2023 Budo Open gold medal and 2023 Ontario International silver medal. “It's only a matter of time before Kimberly will secure herself as the best heavyweight teenager in Ontario. Her performance has been consistent to date and will only improve.” Stated Abrie Kilian Program Director at Kilian Academy.
Twelve-year-old Melanie Woodroffe took silver in the girls' 12-13 years grey belt ultra-heavyweight division and is still hunting for a gold medal. “Every tournament Melanie is getting stronger and like her sister, will be ranked as one of the top teenagers in Ontario sooner than later.” Added Kilian.
The pocket rocket seven-year-old Danyel Kilian was able to secure a bronze medal in her debut competing at the grey belt level, in the girls’ 6-7 years grey belt lightweight division. “Moving up a belt takes some time to calibrate and Danyel will soon make grey belt home and duplicate her white belt success.” Added Kilian.
Thirteen-year-old Madeleine Potter, a student at Hepworth Central Public School, and another phenomenal female athlete had a tough time on the mats, however, secured herself a bronze medal in the girls’ 12-13 years white belt ultra-heavyweight division. Kilian added that the tiebreaker in Maddy’s division was decided upon the total points achieved during the Championship and unfortunately, Maddy was a few points short to secure herself gold in her division.
The 10-year-old Willow Wynter was phenomenal in her debut in the girls’ 10-11 years white belt super heavyweight division and was awarded the bronze medal. Kilian stated that Willow was able to win her first match, however lost marginally by points in her subsequent two matches, to reach the podium.
The talented seven-year-old Sonny Meneray secured bronze in his debut in the boys' 6-7 years white belt featherweight division. Falling short in his first match against his American counterpart, Sonny was able to recover from his first match and went forth to win the following match. His victory secured him a bronze medal.
Southampton’s ten-year-old Auron Ward won a bronze medal in one of the toughest weight divisions in tournament jiu-jitsu. The 2023 Canadian Nationals silver medal winner came first in his bracket to secure a spot in the semi-finals in the boys’ 10-11 years white belt lightweight division. Auron was not able to advance to the finals but secured the third spot on the podium.
Making his debut in the boys’ 12-13 years grey belt lightweight division, twelve-year-old Southampton phenom and Canadian White Belt Champion, Hunter Ward, saw a field of strong opponents halt his march to duplicate his success in the grey belt division. “The jump from white belt to grey belt is a significant jump and one that Hunter will overcome in good time.” Added Abrie Kilian, Program Director at Kilian Academy.
Kristahn Kilian came in second in his group and was unable to accumulate enough points to secure himself a spot in the semi-finals in the boys’ 8-9 years white belt middleweight lbs division. Kristahn was able to triangle-choke his opponent in his first match in one of the spectacular submissions of the day.
Eleven-year-old Owen Sounder, Carter Avis, won his first match, but was unable to depublicate his early victory, in the boys’ 10-11 years white belt lightweight lbs division. Carter’s victory secured him a fourth spot in the division that consisted of seven athletes.
The ten-year-old Bianca Carleton had a tough debut in the girls’ 10-11 years white belt featherweight division. Unable to secure a victory, Biance showed heart in her three matches, granting her valuable experience to relaunch herself in 2024.
“It was a tough day on the mats for the Academy, however, the experience our athletes were able to obtain is priceless. You either win or you learn and we hope that all the lessons learned will add to our success in 2024. We wish to thank Grey and Bruce Counties for their support and hope to build on our success.” Stated Abrie Kilian.