Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Judo wins more medals for South West team
By LYNDSAY McCREADY
Much like Monday, the South West Judo team had a great day Tuesday with two more medals to add to its collection.

The team's coach, Garth Rivers of the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club, said he was really pleased with Tuesday's performance.

"The boys really fought hard. It was great to see," said Rivers.

He said the first day of competition really couldn't have gone any better.

"We got four gold medals, so it was a great start to the games for us."

Rivers said having worked with most of his team since they were in the very early stages of their judo careers has helped him better prepare the team for the event.

"This is my first Winter Games but I made sure I really trained the guys hard and pushed them to make sure they were ready for this," he explained.

That was evident as each competitor took their turn on the mat.

Rivers said while Monday's success gave South West added confidence going into Tuesday's team competition, it also may have cost them a few fights.

"We had a fighter who fought yesterday and won gold, who then fought the same opponent again today and lost the fight. So maybe they came in a little over confident.

"However, they still fought hard. I'm not disappointed in anyone. I am happy they are here, they fought there hardest and as long as they keep fighting hard and are happy, I'm happy."

Rivers said the Bronze medal finish the boys pulled out during Tuesday's team competition was a good way to end the day.

"We can't complain. Ending in third place out of six teams is definitely an accomplishment."

As for the South West girls, they also had a successful day, bringing home a silver medal in the team competition.

Rivers West was the big winner taking gold in both the male and female team matches.

Saskatoon will wona bronze in the female category and Prairie Central will take home silver in the males.

There will be more judo competitions and medals handed out Wednesday morning at Vanier Collegiate as the districts will compete in a new skills competition event.

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald February 17, 2010

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