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Hudson hoping to make 2014 Youth Olympics in judo

  • Judo athlete Tajaro Hudson, 16, is focussed on qualifying for the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. COURTESY OF D’ARCY RAHMING

Published: Jul 23, 2013

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At 16-years-old, Tajaro Hudson is one of The Bahamas’ national judo champions.

Starting martial arts at the age of four, Hudson has grown into an elite athlete, competing in both national and international competitions such as The Bahamas Open, the Barbados International, the Pan American Championship, the Ocean State Tournament, and the US Open for multiple years.

To prepare for competition, Hudson stays focussed mentally. He said: “Mentally I tell myself that I have trained and have trained well, and that as long as I do my best I will do well. Physically, I jump around, keep loose, make sure I’m stretched properly and have warmed up.”

Hudson’s main inspiration is his fellow teammate, and captain of The Bahamas’ judo team, Cynthia Rahming. Hudson comments that because he saw how well she did at the Youth Olympics, he “just wants to be able to accomplish some of the things she (Rahming) has.” Hudson’s most memorable judo moment was when he won gold medal in his age group at the Barbados International. That was his first gold medal in an international event.

Hudson remembers his mother telling him that he should “finish what he started,” and that “God wouldn’t put more on him than he can bear.” Hudson’s main goal is to go to the 2014 Nanjing, China Youth Olympics.

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