Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
City's Cordick fifth in Games debut
By MATTHEW GOURLIE
Times-Herald Sports Reporter

Moose Jaw's Levi Cordick went the distance but came up empty handed Wednesday at the Canada Winter Games.

Though the 13-year-old judo competitor narrowly lost his bout for a bronze medal at the Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, New Brunswick, Cordick was pleased with his day of competition.

"I'm a little disappointed I didn't perform my best but I did pretty well," said Cordick who competes out of the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club.

Cordick won his opening bout in the under-48 kilogram field. He beat Curtis Edmonds from Prince Edward Island in 54 seconds with an ippon -- a pin, a choke, an arm-bar or throw -- that ends the match.

He followed that up with a loss in the semifinal to Nicolas Angus of B.C. in 35 seconds by an ippon. Angus wound up finishing second.

"I basically lost a step and he threw me backwards," said Cordick of the loss.

That put him in the repechage where he met hometown favourite Andre-Pierre Bosse of New Brunswick. With a loud crowd behind Bosse, Cordick took the bronze medal bout the full four minutes, but lost 7-0 on a waza-ari.

"He was a little more advanced than I was," said Cordick.

With that loss Cordick finished tied for fifth overall.

He has enjoyed his Games experience thus far. One of the highlights was meeting two-time Olympic medalist Nicolas Gill. Gill spoke to the athletes about staying focused and performing at the highest level.

Cordick and the rest of the provincial team will be busy Friday when they enter the team competition. Saskatchewan will be drawn into one of two pools and will face the other four teams in that pool in head-to-head competition.

The team event will give judoka like Cordick at least four more high quality bouts.

In other judo action Wednesday, Saskatoon's Molly McLean won the gold medal in the women's over-63 kg field. McLean beat Manitoba's Alyssa Caughey with an ippon 1:38 into their gold-medal bout.

Matthew Leuschen also missed out on a bronze medal in his final bout, Leuschen lost by ippon in the under-60 kg event.

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Saskatoon's Teresa Hill also brought home a bronze medal in the women's individual air rifle competition for Saskatchewan. Hill posted a score of 467.8 points.

Saskatchewan's men's curling team advanced to the playoffs with an 8-3 win over P.E.I. Mitch Heidt's Kerrobert rink were down 2-0 and then 3-1 against P.E.I. before rallying for the win. They finish their pool play with a 4-1 record.

In quarter-final boxing action, Joel Franks of Midale won his bout to advance to the semifinal and guarantee himself at least a bronze medal. Franks won a decision over a boxer from B.C. in the 60 kg class. He was the only victorious Sask fighter Wednesday.

In figure skating, Rudi Swiegers of Kipling finished in fifth in the Pre-Novice Men Free Skate Program and Lumsden's Darryl Zubot finished ninth. In the Pre-Novice Pair Free Skate, Steven Hruska from Esterhazy and Lindsey Johnston from Foxwarren are in eighth position. In the Special Olympics Men Free Skate Program Justin Duong of Regina skated to a best-ever eighth place performance.

Saskatchewan's women were fifth in the team competition in gymnastics.

Saskatchewan remains fifth in the medal standings with nine gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals.

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Mar 6, 2003

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