2014 Junior World Judo Championships

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When: Octtober 22nd to 26th

Where: the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

A strong U.S. Team is ready to compete at the upcoming 2014 Junior World Judo Championships to be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center from October 22nd to October 26th.

Among the young talent, four of them are from South Florida: Adonis DIAZ, -60kg (Hialeah, FL, National Training Site Ki-Itsu-Sai Judo Training Center, Coconut Creek, FL) who, at age 18 has been practicing judo for 11 years now, ranks 1st in the junior U.S. ranking and 9th in the junior world ranking; Gabriela PRADO, -48kg (Coral Springs, FL, National Training Site Ki-Itsu-Sai Judo Training Center, Coconut Creek, FL), the youngest player of the team, and probably from the tournament; she has never lost a fight on her weight and age division in national events in the U.S. She started learning judo when she was only 5 years old. Lauren BAEZ, -63kg (Miami, FL, Budokan Judo, Miami, FL) is first in the junior national ranking in her category; and Brian ABREU -55kg, (Miami FL, Budokan Judo Club, FL, Miami, FL).

“We have an ambitious hard-working group of young athletes with high aspirations for this event. There is no doubt that many of the ones fighting here have long-term goals that include following through and earning their way to the Olympic Games”, said Jim Hrbek, head coach of the U.S. Team.

Athletes are coming from all over the nation, from Texas to California, from Oklahoma to Massachusetts, including Mackenzie WILLIAMS, +100kg (Seabrook, TX, Becerra Judo & Jujitsu Club, Garland, TX) who at 17 years old, has won several gold medals at Infantile and Cadet Pan American Championships in the past, and she has also been a member of both the Cadet and Junior World team in 2013; and Thomas CAPRA, -90kg (Courbevoie, France, National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA), who is ranked 4th in the Junior World list.

“Junior World Championships are very important and there is a history of Junior World medalists ultimately making it to the Olympics and winning”, added Hrbek.

Competition begins on Wednesday with the men 55kg and 60kg and women 44kg and 48kg divisions. The men 66kg and 73kg and women 53kg and 57kg divisions will be held on Thursday while the men 81kg and 90kg and women 63kg and 70kg on Friday. On Saturday the men will compete in the 100kg, and +100kg and women in the 78kg and +78kg divisions.

Finally, on Sunday there will be a Team Competition.

A complete roster of U.S athletes competing in the event is as follows:

ABREU Brian -55kg (Miami, FL, Budokan Judo Club, Miami, FL)

DIAZ, Adonis -60kg (Hialeah, FL, National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai Judo Training Center, Coconut Creek, FL)

INSERRA, Willie -66kg (Stafford, VA, National Training Site, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA)

WESLEY, Caleb -73kg (Universal Judo, San Antonio, TX)

HATTON, Jack -81kg (Jason Morris Judo Center, Glenville, NY)

CAPRA, Thomas -90kg (Courbevoie, France, National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA)

KOCH, Matthew -90kg (Woodland Park, NJ, Olympic Training Center, Boulder, CO)

SMITH, LA -100kg (Rahway, NJ, National Training Site, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA)

JAYNE, John -100kg (London, England, Unaffiliated)

IMINOV, Akbar +100Kg (Kyrgystan, Spartak Judo Club, Rego Park, NY)

BUTTS, Erin -44kg (Fontana, CA, Unaffiliated)

HYATT, Alex -48kg (San Francisco, CA, Cahill’s Judo Academy, San Bruno, CA)

PRADO, Gabriela -48kg (Coral Springs, FL National Training Site, Ki-Itsu-Sai Judo Training Center, Coconut Creek, FL)

DHAMI, Maria -52kg (Boston, MA, Jason Morris Judo Center, Glenville, NY)

GALLES, Alisha -57kg (Palmdale, CA, National Training Site, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA)

PAPADAKIS, Nefeli -63kg (Gurnee, IL, Arena Judo Club, Waukegan, IL)

BAEZ, Lauren -63kg (Miami, FL, Budokan Judo, Miami, FL)

WINSOR, Olivia -70kg (Lynnfield, MA, National Training Site, Pedro’s Judo Center, Wakefield, MA)

BEED, Jaclyn -78kg (Norman, OK, USA Stars, Moore, OK)

WILLIAMS, Mackenzie (+100kg Seabrook, TX, Becerra Judo & Jujitsu Club, Garland, TX)