Published On:Wednesday, October 06, 2010
ELAINA Cuffy led the Bahamian team to win two bronze medals - one at the Pan-American Infantile Championships and the other at the Panama Open - last weekend.
Elaina is 11 years old and fights in the +52 Kg category. She defeated the Panamanian champion with ippon (instant win) throws on the way to both victories. Her other matches were close and she narrowly missed a silver in both tournaments.
"I am very excited to begin training again," she said after her first international tournament. "We train a lot and it is fun, and I know that I won because of it."
Team captain Tajaro Hudson also turned in an impressive performance, throwing the Puerto Rican champion for ippon in seconds in the 56kg under-13 category. He lost in the medal round to the US, ending up in fifth place.
"I am disappointed," said Tajaro. "I made a gripping error and my opponent, who was very good, got me."
This was Tajaro's second time at the Pan-American Juveniles and first as team captain. "Being team captain is great, I got to warm up the team and give them advice on their strategies against their opponents."
Artio McPhee (-31 Kg) and Andrew Munnings (-34 Kg) performed well in all of their matches but lost to more experienced opponents.
Coach D'Arcy Rahming, also president of the Bahamas Judo Federation, said the programme "has definitely improved.
"We concentrated on movement and footsweeps for preparation. The summer was grips and groundwork. Now I can see that we really need to concentrate on improving core strength," he added.
For more information on Bahamas Judo, contact the headquarters at (242) 364-6773.
FONTE: Bahamas Tribune