Friday, 5 April 2019
John F. Kennedy High School alumni Joshter Nathan Andrew has been named to the Ryutsu Keizai University Judo team. Andrew was under the program’s tutelage for two years since graduating from JFK in 2017. Through the program, he learned the Japanese language and passed the University’s entrance exam located in Ryugasaki city in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan where he is officially enrolled majoring in Business Law.
A student and member of the Marianas Judo Association, Andrew has been attending training camps of the International Judo Federation in Budapest, Hungry; Noumea, New Caledonia; Spain; and Houlgate, France. Under the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, he also competed in the Prague European Open, Oceania Championships, Zagreb Grand Prix, Budapest Grand Prix, World Championships in Baku, Western Australia Open, Oceania Perth Open, Osaka Grand Slam and the Jeju Cup International where he is gaining international points towards his qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Andrew is coached at the RKU by Sensei Takashi Iwasaki and 2012/2016 Fiji Judo Olympian Josateki Naulu, alongside his local mentors 2008/2012 Guam Judo Olympian Sensei Ricardo D. Blas Jr., and Sensei Michael Kohn. The latter two, who hold classes at both the International Sports Center in Anigua and Fudoshin Fitness in Yigo, have invested great effort to develop Andrew to the level he is today, along with the support that comes from his IOC Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, ONOC, and the OSSO/RKU. He is scheduled to compete in the 2019 Asia-Pacific Judo Championships in UAE later this month, the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa in July and the 2019 Judo World Championships in Tokyo, Japan in August.
3X Big West Defensive Player of the Year getting ready for the NCAA Tournament.
Jonathan Galloway is a member of Team Guam Basketball. He is a member of the historic Gold Medal 2015 Pacific Games and Asian FIBA Cup Teams. He continues to compete in both 5 x 5 and 3 x 3 events representing our island. UC Irvine advanced to the NCAA Division 1 March Madness. Good luck in the big dance.
Story from Inside the Games: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1076303/oceania-countries-set-to-compete-at-2022-asian-games-in-hangzhou
Athletes from countries in Oceania are set to be invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, it was announced here today.
The number of athletes allowed to compete and in what sports will be decided at a later date.
it is expected that sports, such as boxing and rowing, where there are joint Asian and Oceania Olympic qualifying events will feature heavily.
The decision was announced here today at the 38th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly.
It follows the successful participation of the Oceania countries at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.
Any athletes from Oceania who compete will be in addition to the quota of 10,000 already agreed by OCA and Hangzhou 2022.
Robin Mitchell, President of the Oceania National Olympic Committees, was in the General Assembly to hear the news.
Also present were representatives from several Oceania countries.
“We are very pleased with the announcement this morning,” Mitchell told delegates.
“Oceania and Asia are very close economically and politically – now we are coming closer together in sport.”
There are expected to be at least 27 Olympic sports on the programme at Hangzhou 2022.
It is unclear, though, at the moment how many will offer Olympic qualifying opportunities.
The idea of athletes from Australia and New Zealand and the Pacific countries taking part in the Asian Games has becoming increasingly discussed in recent years.
The OCA and Oceania National Olympic Committees have been working together to foster more competition and cooperation between the two regions with the initiative now bearing fruit.
Oceania were first invited by the OCA to compete at the 2017 Asian Winter Games, held in Japanese city Sapporo in February, but were ineligible to win medals.
They were allowed to compete for medals at the AIMAG, however, and four countries succeeded in making it on the podium.
Fiji were the strongest performing Oceanian nation at Ashgabat 2017 with one gold and one silver.
Marshall Islands were the next highest-ranked country with one silver, while Australia claimed two bronzes and Samoa secured one bronze.
Oceania athletes will be eligible for medals at Hangzhou 2022.
There is already a precedent for a country from Oceania competing in Asian competition.
Australia left the Oceania Football Confederation in 2007 to join the Asian Football Confederation.
The Socceroos now compete in the Asian Cup, hosting and winning the tournament in 2015, and qualify for the FIFA World Cup through the AFC.