On Saturday, April 1, eight members of Pride Gym’s youth and adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teams traveled to compete in the Kootenay Submission Series 6 event in Creston.
Some members made their debut appearance at this tournament, while others made a long awaited return to competition.
This event proved to be a successful showing for the Pride Gym grapplers, taking home a collective four gold, six silver and one bronze medal, as well as three outstanding Match of the Night awards.
Highlights for Pride adults include Wesley “Snipes” Neil, in his return to the mats, leading the pack and taking home the gold medals in both his Gi and No Gi divisions.
Rebecca Verlaan also took home the gold medal in her Gi division and silver in No Gi as well as two Match of the Night awards.
Following that trend was Brandon Krumm, also returning to competition, taking gold in Gi and silver in No Gi in a loss to Prides own Wesley Neil.
Cody Rockafellow, a mere two months into his training, had a strong first outing and is already back to training for his next.
Exciting match ups and strong competition were on display in the youth contests as well. Shaiyan Makwana fought hard and brought his all despite missing the podium this time.
Tanner Buckley, competing in his first tournament, took silver in No Gi. Pride’s Mackenna Cousineau carried that momentum, also winning a silver in her Gi and bronze in No Gi.
Ammon Champagne earned a silver medal in both Gi and No Gi and took the other Match of the Night honors in his No Gi bout.
All competitors came ready to fight, showcase their technique, and display the skills they’ve been developing at the gym.
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