Iqaluit judokas make Nunavut proud

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Eugene Dederick and Nathalie Martel of Iqaluit, Nunavut recently attended the Junior Juvenile Candian Judo Championship in Lethbridge Alberta from July 1-7.

I would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their moral support and financial contributions:

* Brian McLeod, Qiqiktaaluk Corporation;
* Thomasie Alikatuktuk, Qiqiktaani Inuit Association;
* Monica Ell, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.;
* Jeff Seeteenak and Kyle Seeley of Sport Nunavut.
* Rick Lavebre, First Air.

Also I would like to acknowledge Mario Des Forges for his tireless effort in promoting judo in Nunavut, we already miss you here in Iqaluit, and you have taught each one of us to never give up on training and pursuing our goal to become better athletes and contribute to the community.

I would also like to thank all of the parents who support their children in the sport of judo. Also I would like to congratulate Jo-Anne Falkiner and Gordon McKay on getting their black belts. They are the first two to aquire black belts in Nunavut.

Finally, I would like to thank Eugen and Nathalie for their outstanding behaviour during the tournament, training camp, and travelling to and from from the tournament. You two made my job very easy and a lot of fun.

The two of you should be proud of yourselves, because you have achieved a lot in judo, and I hope you guys will continue with the sport, and I look forward to seeing you getting your black belts in a couple of years, and hopefully teach a new generations of judokas.

Hajimi.

Robert Tookoome
Judo Nunavut
Iqaluit

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