Team Alberta’s judo competitors set records

Women win first Canada Games team gold outside of Quebec or Ontario

No judo team outside Ontario and Quebec has ever won gold in the Canada Winter Games — until Friday.

Team Alberta’s judo women made history at Westerner Park with their first-place performance.

The men won bronze and made their contribution to the record books by giving Alberta its biggest judo medal haul ever with 12 individual and two team medals. The previous best was eight medals.

Women’s coach Laurie Wiltshire agreed the women are excited about their history-making achievement.

“We’re extremely pumped about this, yes.”

The team had to go through P.E.I. and a strong Ontario team before coming up against West Coast rivals B.C. in the final, which Alberta won 4-1.

“In our individual competitions we all did really well,” said Wiltshire. “Coming into this we were very confident.

“The girls were very focused. They stuck with the plan as they needed to do and they got the job done.”

The team includes: Evelyn Beaton, Greta Goasdoue-Wallace, Michelle Grisales, Kondelia Karas, Teyana Roberts, Ema Tesanovic and Kiera Westlake.

Team B.C. took silver and as is the practice in judo two teams shared bronze, Quebec and Ontario.

Team Alberta provincial coach Ewan Beaton said the success of both men and women is the culmination of a program started a few years ago.

“We’ve been building for this for four years.”

Judo Alberta built a program designed to rival the competitive level of other provinces. All of the province’s clubs and coaches bought into the program, which led to this Games breakout performances and is expected to lead to more success, said Beaton

“That’s one of our main goals is to put people on world championship teams, then next Olympic teams.”

While they had a young team at the Games, it had national champions and other competitors with international experience.

They figured 10 medals were within reach but are thrilled to hit 14, out of a possible 16, he said.

“We can’t ask for anything better.”

The men’s team includes: Taylor Althouse, Joel Demaere, Nathan Demaere, Nicholas Gagnon, Katsuo Leung, Douglas O’Brien and Sasha Tanasiuk.

Team Quebec won gold, Team B.C. silver and Ontario was the other bronze winner.



pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Good-bye ice and snow, hello potholes on Red Deer roads

City workers will be spending 20 hours a day on various road repairs

Fog advisory in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

Heavy fog is affecting visibility for central Alberta drivers Saturday morning. A… Continue reading

Climate change’s impact on outdoor hockey discussed in Red Deer

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance held a forum Friday at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Collision between Red Deer transit bus and truck investigated by RCMP

No one on bus was hurt, truck driver had minor injuries

Eckville man facing about 80 child sexual exploitation charges in court

More than half a million photos and videos found on electronic devices

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

Montreal priest stabbed during mass leaves hospital; suspect to be charged

MONTREAL — A Catholic priest who was stabbed as he was celebrating… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $35.7 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $35.7 million jackpot… Continue reading

New report details impact of proposed NS spaceport in event of explosion or fire

HALIFAX — The head of a company proposing to open Canada’s only… Continue reading

Quebec man convicted in Mafia-linked conspiracy deported to Italy

MONTREAL — Michele Torre, a Quebec man convicted in 1996 for his… Continue reading

Republican Karl Rove says conservatives need more than simplistic slogans

OTTAWA — Legendary Republican campaign strategist Karl Rove, known for his no-holds-barred… Continue reading

B.C. hospital’s use as shelter ‘clarion call’ about housing crisis, says mayor

The 10-bed regional hospital that serves the medical needs of 5,000 people… Continue reading

Puddle splashing: A rite of spring

Is there anything more fun than driving through water-filled potholes in the… Continue reading

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk… Continue reading

Most Read