Individually and as one, Moose Jaw judokans are among Saskatchewan's best.
The Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club earned a trio of honors -- including club of the year -- at the Saskatchewan Judo Association's annual awards ceremony Saturday in Watrous.
Two club members were also honored individually. Olympian Nancy Jewitt-Filteau was named senior woman of the year, while Jeff Nelson earned the provincial spirit of judo award.
The local club will also have a strong presence on the provincial executive next season, as sensi Cliff Wiens assumes the vice-president's position. Plus, Moose Jaw will host the 1998 provincial meeting and awards banquet next April.
The club's local awards banquet also honored excellence recently.
Meaghen Cullen led the way with a pair of honors: most medals and most gold medals in the female division. Glen Cullen and Matt Bespalko tied for most male medals, while Steve Hansen had the most first place finishes.
The club's most improved athletes were Stephanie Legault (female) and Dustin Large (male). Leah Jacobson was named most promising female, while the most promising male award was shared by Chris Gerry, Troy Busse, Connor MacDonald and Bronson Belisle.
Travis Larsen captured the Purple Heart award and Neil and Sandra Dawm earned the parent appreciation award.
Five athletes were identified as best exemplifying the spirit of Judo: Kelly Gower, Kayd Larsen, Steven Erickson, Rylee Blacklock and Vern MacDonald.
Eight club members earned belt promotions. Dustin Large and Steven Erickson advanced to Sankyu (green), Tiara Dawm, Travis Larsen, Leah Jacobson, Levor Guenther, Meaghen Cullen and Ryan Stich move to Nikyu (blue) from Sankyu (green).
Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald April 8, 1997