Congratulations to the 2010 Joel Ferrell Award Winners for Karate at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. This year’s award winners were Jordan Codella of Ichiban Karate and Blake Thomas of Mark Pinner Karate.
These exceptional athletes competed in the 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Hampton Roads, Virginia, from July 29 – August 7, 2010.
The Joel Ferrell Award is presented in honor of the former AAU President and Vice President of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and a chair of the AAU Junior Olympic Program for many years. He was instrumental in the growth of these Games. This is the most prestigious award that recognizes outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Jordan Codella, age 7, from Ashburn, Virginia is a two time AAU National Champion. She has continued to amaze from a young age as she has been an AAU State and Regional Champion since age 4. This year at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Jordan had nothing but success as she managed a gold medal in Kumite, Kobudo, and Kata. To top off her winning streak, she was able to follow in her big sister, Grace Codella’s, footsteps and receive the Joel Ferrell Award. Along with her incredible athleticism she remains a straight A student. The AAU is anxious to watch Jordan grow and excel in her sport for years to come!
Blake Thomas, age 18, from Plant City, Florida has been competing in AAU events since 2001. Blake showed how years of competition pay off as he took home the gold medals in Kumite, Kata, and Kobudo. At this year’s National Karate Championships held in Albany, New York Blake won bronze medals in Long Kobudo and Sanbon, Ippon and WKF Kumite. The AAU congratulates Blake on his accomplishments and wishes him the best of luck in his bright future!