Alo siblings win USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships

HONOLULU -- Fourteen-year old Honolulu resident Teshya Alo won three gold medals at the USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships this weekend in Irving, TX, taking 1st in the Juvenile B (ages 14-16), IJF-Junior (ages 14-20), and International Juvenile B (ages 14-16) divisions.  She beat 17-year old Junior Pan-American champion Lauren Baez of Coral Gables, FL, in the IJF-Junior division, which is the pre-qualifying event for the Junior World Championships.  The incoming Kamehameha Schools freshman also won the Best Technique Award.  She competed in the 57kg weight class.

Her 12-year old sister Teniya Alo, an incoming 7th grader at Iolani School, won two gold medals at the tournament, winning the Juvenile A (ages 12-14) and International Juvenile A (ages 12-14) divisions in the 40kg weight class.  Their 8-year old brother Javen Alo, who is home-schooled, won a gold medal in the Intermediate 1 (ages 8-10) division in the 30kg weight class, the tournament's largest bracket with 27 competitors.  Together the Alo siblings, who train at Pearl City Hongwanji Judo Club, brought home six gold medals.