Montreal – For the first time in Judo Canada history, two judoka have been awarded a bursary as champions of the Giant Ford Canadian Circuit. Megan Hanks and Shady El Nahas were given a check for $2,500 after their performance on the brand new national-level competition circuit. “On behalf of our staff and management, Sherwood Ford is very pleased to be able to provide funding to two very deserving Canadian athletes. By their success, Shady El Nahas (NTC – Montreal) and Megan Hanks (Aberdeen Judo Academy – Kamloops) have enjoyed the benefit of participating in the Giant Canadian Circuit Ranking Sponsorship,” said Marc Hicks, the owner of Sherwood Ford.
The bursaries offered by Sherwood Ford will help the athletes to reach their dreams. “It feels amazing receiving this bursary, I am very honoured. My season has been pretty good this year as I’ve been on a good winning streak, and also because I just took my first big steps into the big leagues and trying to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2020, held in Tokyo,” said Shady El Nahas. “It’s nice to have support from others. It gives me the feeling that my efforts have paid off, and all my hard work is being noticed.” The 2018 Giant National Ranking was generated using points from Elite National until Canada Cup.
“One of our goals in the last strategic plan was to stimulate growth of our national circuit, and that’s why the Canadian Circuit was created. The sponsorship offered by Sherwood Ford was a key element to increase its visibility,” commented Nicolas Gill, CEO and High Performance Director for Judo Canada.
Indeed, there were over 350,000 views on the national federation streaming platform (judocanada.tv). The mission will continue next year, with the addition of another tournament, the Saskatchewan Open, that will be webcast in October. “We’re happy to announce that Sherwood Ford will be our sponsor again next year,” added Nicolas Gill. “We’re also adding a new tournament that will be webcast live.”
“Participation in the Canadian circuit events exposes all competitors to a high quality of judo, a high-level competition and something to aspire to. No matter your generation, someone you watched motivated you to strive for success in our sport. Sherwood Ford looks forward to continuing support of deserving Canadian athletes and to help motivate participation by all in the lifelong, skill building, sport of judo,” concluded Mr. Hicks.