Four Moose Jaw athletes travelled to Manitoba over the weekend to participate in the annual Winnipeg Inner-City Tournament and brought home five medals.
The four athletes, selected by Judo Sask, competed against 200 other athletes from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
“We expected their results because of the levels that we are at,” said provincial coach Ewan Breton. “We expected to have a good performance overall and that is the way it turned out.”
The four athletes chosen from the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club were Tallissa Edwards, Taryn Montgomery, Brooke German and Damien Wiens.
“Our provincial coaching staff made a selection based on athletes that are developing, athletes that are eligible for the next Canada Games in 2015 and we are just trying to get them quality matches,” explained Breton. “We have areas to improve and the only way for them to do that is to get quality matches in.”
Edwards won gold in the U18 women under 57 kg category.
“She is coming back from an injury where she was out for a year. For her, it is about her getting the ability to gain confidence. Every tournament is helping with her confidence and that is going to be the key,” he said. “A lot of the stronger girls were coming and we wanted her to come to this tournament because it is about giving her those opportunities to win and winning brings that confidence.”
Montgomery won silver in the U18 women under 57 kg division and a bronze in the U21 women under 52/57kg combined division.
“Taryn is a very talented and gifted athlete and she can perform well and she performed very well at our nationals last year. She is going through a bit of a rough streak right now, not because of effort, but because she is in between weight divisions,” said Breton. “When you are in between weight divisions, it is about going up and going down and it makes the transition a little difficult. Her spirit and mindset on in the right place and that will lead to more successful results.”
German won bronze in the U18 women under 63/70 kg combined category and gold in the U21 women under 63/70 kg combined category.
“Brooke had a funny tournament. The category where she won gold, there was a lot of injuries. It was fortunate for her because the injuries allowed her to get the gold medal, but it was unfortunate that she didn’t get the quality matches that would have helped her developmentally,” he said.
Wiens finished fourth in the U13 boys under 34 kg division.
“Unfortunately, he suffered from a bad referee’s decision or else he would have finished higher. For a young individual, he is very focused and very technically sound. He has a will to really excel in this sport,” said Breton. “He really enjoys it and that’s what is really going to lead him…at that age, that’s what we want to see.”
There is a provincial tournament in March and then the provincial championship in Prince Albert. In April, there is the Edmonton International tournament and another tournament in Moose Jaw.
Montgomery, Edwards, Eryn Langdon and Adam Langdon will be in action this weekend at the Pacific International Tournament in Vancouver.