Accomplishments

In the 1990s, Barbados Judo Association had credible performance from the junior athletes on their outings to countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, and the USA. Several medalist were among the group: Jamal Grosvenor, Ramon Franklyn, Dwayne Fenty, Jomo Lashley, Barry Jackman, Kyle Walcott, Alvin McCollin, Kurt Vidal, Max Oran(most outstanding Junior), Erskine Blenman, Giles Carmichael, Russell Franklyn, Leslie Barker Jr., Ricardo Layne, Leroy Massiah, Corey Hercules, Dyson Benskin, Allan Trotman, David Young, and Ellieno Frazier.

The Barbados Judo Association can be considered ‘small but tallawah’. With a maximum of four active clubs at any given time, the Association has been able tofieldathletesin major senior Judo tournaments at the highest level.                                                                                                                                                   

Since 1996, several Judokas have represented Barbados judo at major championships; the Olympic Games, World championships, Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), Commonwealth Games and Pan- American Games. The list following, chronicles the outings of the athletes and coaches.

Championship

Location

Year

Coach

Olympic Games

     

Andre Payne

Atlanta, Georgia 

1996

Hoskins Caddle

Andre Payne

Sydney

2000

Tomohiro Naito

Barry Jackman

Greece

2004

Ian Weithers

Kyle Maxwell

London

2012

Ian Weithers

World Championships

     

Andrew Payne

 

 

 

Barry Jackman

Osaka Japan

2003

Ian Weithers

Inga Augustus

Brazil

2007

Ian Weithers

Kyle Maxwell

Rotterdam

2009

Hoskins Caddle

Levar Arthur

Rotterdam

2009

Hoskins Caddle

Kyle Maxwell

Tokyo, Japan

2010

Ian Weithers

Levar Arthur

Tokyo, Japan

2010

Ian Weithers

Asa Weithers

Paris

2011

Ian Weithers

Kyle Maxwell

Paris

2011

Ian Weithers

Asa Weithers

Brazil

2013

Ian Weithers

Onoh-Obasi Okey

Brazil

2013

Ian Weithers

Central American and Caribbean Games(CAC)

     

Andre Payne

Maracaibo

1998

Hoskins Caddle

Corey Weithers

El Salvador

2002

Ian Weithers

Christina Fenty

El Salvador

2002

Ian Weithers

Takira Brewster

El Salvador

2002

Ian Weithers

Barry Jackman

El Salvador

2002

Ian Weithers

Dario Stuart

Puerto Rico

2006

Ian Weithers

Kadijah Maxwell

Puerto Rico

2006

Ian Weithers

Kyle Maxwell

Puerto Rico

2006

Ian Weithers

Levar Arthur

Puerto Rico

2006

Ian Weithers

Aamir Williams

Puerto Rico

2006

Ian Weithers

Onoh Obasi Okey

Mexico 2014 Ian Weithers

Nathan Weithers

Mexico 2014 Ian Weithers

Kyle Maxwell

Mexico 2014 Ian Weithers

Commonwealth Games

     

Barry Jackman

Manchester

2002

Ian Weithers

Jamal Grosvenor

Manchester

2002

Ian Weithers

Pan-American Games

     

Barry Jackman

Santo Domingo

2003

Ian Weithers

 

These persons enabled the international Judo fraternity to view the high quality of Judo practiced in Barbados. Over the years, the representation has been steady, with small successes. For example Jamal Grosvenor placed 7th in his category at the Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002 and Kyle Maxwell won the first match at a World Championship in Japan in 2010. Both athletes were coached by Ian Weithers.  The association is persistent in its quest for success in the international major championships.

From 2000 to present, the Association continues to be pleased with the steady progress being made by the athletes.  The junior athletes have also been doing well on the local, regional and international circuits. The juniors frequently attend the Junior U.S Open in Fort Lauderdale Miami, and have also represented Barbados in St. Maarten, Martinique, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, and Puerto Rico. From these tournaments, athletes have won several gold, silver and bronze medals. Athletes such as Levar Arthur (special trophies), Asa Weithers, Tyrone Fenty, Jalisa Philips, Khalil Jessamy, Onoh-Obasi Okey, N’tui Okey, Daniel Blackman, Justin Boyce, Kemar Brathwaite, Javier Codrington, Kadijah Maxwell, Tristan Forde and Julawn Ifill have all brought home medals.

In 2010 Kadijah Maxwell attended the first Junior Olympic Games in Singapore and in 2013 Nathan Weithers and Tristan Forde attended the first World Cadet Judo Championship in Miami, Florida.

Locally, the Barbados Judo Association has taken Judo to another sphere in its development. The hosting of the Barbados International Judo Tournament which started in 2001 is currently in its 14th year and growing stronger each year. The inaugural Barbados International Judo Tournament attracted two teams one from the UK and the other from St. Maarten. In 2013, the tournament attracted six countries with approximately 130 athletes.

In 2004 a grappling tournament was introduced to the annual Judo tournament calendar.  At the inception only judokas competed at the tournament. However it soon became popular and the Association now host two of such annually; the Darwin Bellamy and the John Brewster Grappling Tournaments.  At present, the tournament not only attracts judokas but various martial arts students as well resulting in the number of competitors topping the 100 mark.

 

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BJA Calendar

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