Chattanooga's Pokemon Video Game Player Triumphs At Winter Regional Championship

Monday, January 21, 2013

After a weekend of head-to-head Pokémon video game battles, Chattanoogan Jonah Sawyer earned the title of Pokémon Winter Regional Champion at the 2013 Pokémon Winter Regional Championships. 

Held in St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday, Mr. Sawyer is among five Junior Division Winter Regional video game champions from throughout the U.S. to earn a travel award to compete at the 2013 Pokémon U.S. National Championships next summer. There, Mr. Sawyer will compete for an invitation to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships held next August in Vancouver, B.C. where they will battle for the ultimate title of Pokémon World Champion.

“Congratulations to all of the Pokémon Winter Regional Champions and a special thank you to the thousands of family, friends and Pokémon fans who attended the five events throughout the U.S.,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “The Winter Regionals brought some awesome competition and we’re excited for even more competitive fun at the upcoming Pokémon TCG State Championships and Pokémon TCG and Video Game Spring Regional Championships.” 

Players of all ages and skills are encouraged to participate in Play! Pokémon events. For more information on future tournaments including dates, locations, prizes, and tournament rules and regulations, visit www.pokemon.com/play.


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