Athletes showed off their technique in the Judo skills competition Wednesday morning in the Saskatchewan Winter Games, with Regina picking up seven medals in the event.
The team from Queen City accounted for almost half of the 15 total medals up for grabs between the five different weight classes.
The Judo Skills Competition is all about technique, as opposed to the aggressive individual competition against an opponent. Every athlete entered into Judo must perform four takedowns with a partner. Judges award them points for technique and the athlete with the highest score takes home gold.
Athletes were separated into five different weight divisions. In the males over 40 kg category Harm Haase of the South West region took home gold, while teammates Caleb Couzens and Eldon Li were on the podium together. They won silver and bronze respectively.
The over 50 kg division was led by two Regina athletes. Thomas Huang took gold while teammate Riley Stang notched silver. Cyrus Kaip got the lone medal in the event for Prairie Central. South West district led the big boys as Justin Wiens and teammate Ghraondozz Aguilar won gold and silver respectively. Nate Burton, Regina, rounded out the top three with the bronze.
On the girls side there were just two divisions as under 40 and 46 kg were combined into one. Victoria Kehrig, Regina, won gold in the category, while LeAnn Huang, also from Regina, won bronze. Rivers West’s lone medal winner in the event, Devrie Johnston, won silver.
The last category combined the females under and over 53 kg athletes. This was the only podium that didn’t have teammates on it at the same time. Christina Stringer, South East, won gold. Brook Franson, Sasaktoon, took silver and Janessa Keays of team Lakeland won bronze.
The skills competition was the last event for Judo. Below is a video of some of the highlights of the skills competition.
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