USA Judo is pleased to announce that three referees were recently promoted to higher levels of international certification.
Calvin Terada (Renton, Wash. / Budokan Judo) earned his A-Level certification at the ALBA Games in Havana, Cuba in April, shortly before Raymond Saito (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hodokan Judo Club) earned his A-Level at the African Championships in Mauritius on April 30.
Sharon Landstreet (Centreville, Va. / Arlington Judo Club) also tested for a new certification this spring, passing her Continental exam at the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 27.
"This is a tremendous achievement and a step forward for the continuing growth of our referees as we start this new Olympic quadrennium," said USA Judo CEO Jose H Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) "We are fortunate to have had this many referees high level international certifications. USA Judo is very appreciative of Julio Clemente [Pan American Judo Confederation Referee Director] and Juan Carlos Barcos [International Judo Federation Referee Director] for their support of our referees. I also congratulate USA Judo Referee Commission Director Frank Morales and the commission for their great work in selecting the referees attending these tests."
USA Judo officials also have had conversations with Clemente regarding the creation of opportunities for USA Judo referees to travel to Latin American or Caribbean nations to gain additional international experience and open new lines of communication with referees from throughout North and South America.
"We are always extremely grateful to our referees for all they give in a very unselfish way to the sport, the organization and our athletes. These referees have spent countless hours honing theirs skills to prepare for these exams and we congratulate them on their achievements," said USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.)