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Rest is best for Lukases
The batteries are all recharged, the injuries have essentially healed and it’s back to business for the Lukas twins.
After taking some time off, Kristal and George Lukas are picking up the pace again in their judo pursuits. Work commitments are dividing their time somewhat, but they’re just beginning to get into more intense training for upcoming competitions.
Kristal also found a new passion from the time she spent playing rugby with the Cowichan Secondary School team last season.
“I’m still keeping up with rugby,’’ she said. “I’d rather play rugby than go outside for a run for cardio.’’
Lukas has made the move from her first year of rugby at the high school level to the Cowichan women’s team.
She intended to take in the Americas Cup rugby championship final game in Langford with some of her rugby teammates from last season.
Rugby has been a totally different experience for Lukas because of the team aspect when judo is predominantly an individual sport. But she’s enjoying the change.
The Lukases are attending sessions again at the Nanaimo Judo Club.
The summer schedule ended with Kristal just missing a bronze medal in the U21 nationals at Richmond.
“I lost the bronze medal match the last 12 seconds,’’ she said.
“I just saw the scoreboard. I got too amped up. I just didn’t focus.’’
She was up by a quarter point, but then gave up a half point that made the difference. Her opponent successfully defended the last few seconds.
George suffered a concussion that put him out of the competition early.
Kristal won two matches and lost two in her third appearance at the U21 level.
She still has high ambitions in the sport moving forward.
“I’m going to see how the first couple of tournaments go and what work’s like and take it from there,’’ she said.
“I want to compete at a world event like a Grand Prix.’’
For now, the focus for the Lukases will be the B.C. championships in Abbotsford later this month.