Red Deer native Parker Guenther (blue) holds off a challenge from Albert Bixi during a match in the U18 Male 60-kg category at the Red Deer Judo Tournament. It was also a test event for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Hundreds of athletes from across Canada gathered at Westerner Park for the one-day tournament on Saturday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

PHOTOS: Judo athletes compete at Red Deer Tournament

The Red Deer Judo Club hosted some of the best young fighters across Canada this weekend.

Hundreds of athletes, some from as far as Nova Scotia gathered at Western Park on Saturday for the Red Deer Tournament, which also served as a test event for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Team Alberta for the Canada Winter Games was recently named and the following athletes qualified:

Female

44kg Evelyn Beaton, Lethbridge Judo Club

48kg Ema Tesanovic, Ishi-yama Judo Club

52kg Michelle Grisales, Hoku Sei Kan Judo Club

57kg Kiera Westlake, Lethbridge Judo Club

63kg Teyana Roberts, Airdrie Judo Club

63kg Greta Goasdoue-Wallace, Hiro’s Judo Club

70kg Julia Sergeeva, Kodokwai Judo Club

Male:

50kg Spencer McDaniel, Kodokwai Judo Club

55kg Katuso Leung, Hiros Judo Club

60kg Joel Demaere, Lethbridge Judo Club

66kg Nathan Demaere, Lethbridge Judo Club

73kg Nicholas Gagnon, Tolide Judo Club

81kg Taylor Althouse, Lethbridge Judo Club

+81kg Sasha Tanasuik, Kodokwai Judo Club



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Kondelia Karas (blue) tries to fight off a takedown from Seleena Bresson-Adams in the U21 Female 52-kg category at the Redd Deer Judo Tournament. Hundreds of athletes from across Canada gathered at Westerner Park for the one-day tournament on Saturday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer native Parker Guenther (blue) holds off a challenge from Albert Bixi during a match in the U18 Male 60-kg category at the Red Deer Judo Tournament. It was also a test event for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Hundreds of athletes from across Canada gathered at Westerner Park for the one-day tournament on Saturday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Tyson Thornton in blue grapples with Elijah Hill (blue) in the U18 46-kg category at the Red Deer Judo Tournament, which was also a test event for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Hundreds of athletes from across Canada gathered at Westerner Park for the one-day tournament on Saturday. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

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