Monday, February 28, 2011

Canada Winter Games

Just arrived back from a busy week at the Canada Winter Games. All the Judo was hosted by St. Mary's University. A great venue, with a terrific team. The medical coverage was much appreciated by all the athletes. Practices were held Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Competition days were Wednesday and Thursday. So Friday was a recuperation day as well as a modified practice. One of the demanding parts of the week for the athletes is watching what and how much they are eating since each competitor had an official weigh in for the individual and the team competition.
Day 1 - a very business day with 4 men and 1 woman competing. One of our athletes managed to get into the play off for a bronze medal.
Day 2 - one each in the men's and women's divisions.
The individual competition resulted in establishing positioning for teams in the draw for the final team event.
Day 3 - the Team Competition - our men's team fought hard but were overcome by Team Quebec.
A great tournament and overall a great experience for the athletes.
Halifax, Nova Scotia and all the volunteers did a superb job in organizing and running the Games. Locally our club instructors, provincial association and provincial staff did a huge amount of work, to make the competition a reality for the athletes involved - my hope is that these athletes will continue to be involved in judo, other sports and continue to be active for years to come.

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