Prince Albert Kenshukan Judo Club – Sports Organization
One of the longest standing sports organizations in Prince Albert, the Kenshukan Judo Club has been around for over 60 years and featured thousands of athletes. Jim O’Sullivan, a member of the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame and former longtime board member, is looked upon as a fore-father in the sport of Judo in Canada with the Kenshukan Club his masterpiece.
Besides O’Sullivan, Lloyd Keller, Herb Goldhawk, Glen Wozniak, Mark Anderson, Fedor Lazarenko, Alim Sheykhislyamov, Jeff Scheirer, Deborah McKay and Blair Taylor are among others that have coached the Prince Albert Club. Present coaches are Doyle Ironstand and Keith Merasty with assistant coaches- Matt Callaghan, Megan Neuman, Josh Guthrie, and Sheldon Mitchell.
The Kenshukan Judo Club has produced Judokan who have competed at the provincial, national, international and Olympic levels. Over the 60 years of existence the Prince Albert Club has had Judokan on the Saskatchewan team that competes at Nationals.
A trade mark of the Kenshukan Club is hosting meets, as they have put on hundreds over the years including the Saskatchewan Winter Games Judo Competition twice and three national championships.
One highlight for the club came in 1979 when they hosted the National Senior Women and Junior Championships. Then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker received an Honorary Black Belt from Jim O’Sullivan with the two posing for a photo op that drew national attention.
The Club maintains solid membership numbers because of its stellar history on the Prince Albert sports scene and is deserving to be recognized as the 2016 Sports Organization of the Year.