Judo champ earns Hall of Fame nod

(April 15, 2013- Fort McMurray, AB) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Society is proud to announce Laurie Wiltshire as the second inductee into the Class of 2013.

Born in Fort McMurray, Wiltshire joined the local YMCA Judo Club at the age of 10 in 1993, before transferring to the Fort McMurray Ni-Ten Judo Club in 1995. She was a member of Alberta’s junior judo team from 1998 until 2002, capturing her first national title in 2002 in the under 57 kg category.

A fourth degree black belt in Yondan, Wiltshire advanced to Canada’s senior national judo team later that year. Between 2005 and 2012, she won an unprecedented eight national titles, competing in the under 52 kg division.

“I am proud of what I have done and where I came from. Alberta is one of the weaker provinces [in judo] and I accomplished a lot more than most women from Judo Alberta. I love everything about the sport,” said the 29-year old and six-time Judo Alberta Senior Female Athlete of the Year (‘04-‘09).

Training out of Calgary’s Hiro’s Judo Club since 2005, Wiltshire’s successes include a first place at the 2007 US Open in Atlanta, Georgia and fifth place finishes at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Thailand and 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico.

Wiltshire retired from competition in the summer of 2012 and last fall was named Judo Alberta assistant coach.

Wiltshire will join Benjamin Sauve and two other inductees, to be announced over the coming weeks, at the 7th Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, featuring guest speaker Catriona Le May Doan, June 13 at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Tickets are $100 or $800 for a table of eight and are available at RE/MAX, MNP, Keyano Box Office or by calling 780-381-1213.

For additional information or to arrange an interview contact:

Leithan Slade

Vice President, Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame


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