Judo at school through the eyes of children

As a result of the drawing contest that lasted two weeks from 20th April till 4th May, the EJU received 176 drawings from 162 participants representing 11 nations: BLR, BUL, CRO, CZE, FRA, LAT, LTU, LUX, MDA, POR and RUS. The Jury consisting of EJU Vice Presidents, Marketing, Education and Refereeing Directors, judo champions, experts and ISF representatives had the hardest time ever trying to select only several favourites, and had to extend the voting deadline. Each young artist from 4 y.o. to 13 y.o. expressed their love and appreciation of judo and their coach, judo friends, highlighted judo and Olympic values that they carry in their lives.

The EJU Vice President, Judo 8th Dan and IJF Hall of Famer Ms Jane Bridge shared her impressions: “I was particularly happy to be reminded how, through even the simplest of lines and shapes, children are able to express such vivid and meaningful messages. I was also delighted to see how judo has such a positive influence on these children’s lives and how this was illustrated through all the wonderful drawings we received. Well done to everybody who made the effort to send us your drawing. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed looking at all the entries.”

Since in every competition the winners should be selected, based on the scores awarded by the Jury, it was finally possible to select the following winners with 5 prizes in each age group:

U8 age group:

1st place - drawing N19 - Zlata PROTSENKO, 5 y.o.
2nd place - 2 winners - drawing N4 Anton OGRYZKOV 5 y.o. and drawing N67 Yaroslava BORISOVA 4 y.o.
2 3rd places - drawing N41 Rita MAZINA 7 y.o. and drawing N117 Timur AKIMOV 8 y.o.

1st place

Zlata PROTSENKO, 5 y.o.

2nd place

Anton OGRYZKOV 5 y.o.

2nd place

Yaroslava BORISOVA 4 y.o.

3rd place

Rita MAZINA 7 y.o.

3rd place

Timur AKIMOV 8 y.o.

O9 age group:

1st place - drawing N2 Timofey BYKOV 11 y.o.
2nd place - drawing N150 Matěj Maráček 12 y.o.
3rd place - 3 winners drawing N144 Andrija Tomić 10 y.o., drawing N57 Ivan YARMASH 11 y.o., drawing N142 Nikita SINTYUREV 11 y.o.

1st place

Timofey BYKOV 11 y.o.

2nd place

Matěj Maráček 12 y.o.

3rd place

Andrija Tomić 10 y.o.

3rd place

Ivan YARMASH 11 y.o.

3rd place

Nikita SINTYUREV 11 y.o.

The EJU Team will get in touch with the families to arrange the delivery.

Congratulations and sincerest gratitude to all the participants! The spectators will remain forever thankful for the emotions and messages shared with our judo community!