Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Koseikan club on a roll
By Matthew Gourlie
Times-Herald Sports Staff

The Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club is riding a wave of momentum.

One they hope will carry over when they host their own club meet Feb. 15 at the Heritage Inn.

The club is coming off a fantastic weekend where they won 13 gold, 14 silver and eight bronze medals at the Swift Current Judo Tournament.

"It was much more of a club effort," said Koseikan head instructor Cliff Wiens. "Everybody was pulling for each other. All of the littles ones competed first and they started winning and it just carried over."

The Cadets started the early charge and racked-up eight first place performances. Jennifer Herbert (-34 kilograms) and Mellisa Blackhurst (+38kg) both won gold in Cadet Girls, while Mason Dyck (-26kg); James Myers (-30kg); Dustin Plesid (38kg); Tyler Mutlow (-42kg); Micheal Herbert (-46kg) and Freddie Meyers (+46kg) all won in the Boys Cadet.

Freddie Meyers also took gold in the -51kg Juvenile Boys and was second in the -54kg Canada Games Boys field. The Canada Games division is a SaskFirst initiative to develop athletes for the 2003 Canada Winter Games and features a mix of Cadet and Juvenile competitors.

"Freddie Meyers had a great weekend," said Wiens. "He's a Cadet and is only 11, but we moved him up to Juvenile which is 14-16 and he won there too."

Weins felt that the strong performance was a product of the athletes starting to see the results from all of the hard work they have been putting in since the start of the season.

"We knew they all had it in them, it was nice to see them all gel at once," he said. "It's that time of year, they've been working had since October and they're putting it all together."

Tom Glasrud won the -81kg Juvenile Boys title, while Garth Rivers (-60kg) and Mark Kerr (-90kg) each won in the Junior Men. Stephanie Legault won the -63-78kg Senior Women's title.

Other results from the Swift Current Judo Tournament:



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