Re-printed with the permission of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Judo club closes out season at Prince Albert tournament
Times-Herald Sports Reporter

One of the toughest lessons to learn in sport is consistency.

A group of young Cadets from the Moose Jaw Koseikan Judo Club learned that this weekend in Prince Albert.

The club earned a very respectable three silver and four bronze medals at the 42nd annual Prince Albert judo tournament Saturday.

"They did not bad," said Koseikan coach Jim Wiens. "We had such a good tournament in Edmonton, to win no golds in a provincial tournament was surprising. They all fought really well and fought hard, they just didn't always get wins."

Anakin Myers (Cadet Boys under-23 kg), Rebecca Hanson (Cadet Girls under-34 kg) and Haley Walz (Cadet Girls under-52 kg) all won silver . Adam Langdon (Cadet Boys under-46 kg), Eryn Langdon (Cadet Girls under-34 kg), Brianna Walz (Cadet Girls under-30 kg) and Amy Hughes (Cadet Girls under-38 kg) each won bronze.

While the competition in Edmonton was stronger, the 12-and-under competitors don't have a lot of margin of error.

"The division they're fighting in is usually very large," said Wiens. "They're younger fighters too and they aren't always consistent at that age."

The Prince Albert tournament also came at the end of a long season. "For all of the kids it was the last tournament of the season," said Wiens. "I think (at the end) there was a sigh of relief that the pressure of training was over and that the season was winding down.

"For most of the kids they've been training two nights a week plus weekends since September. That's a lot of commitment from young athletes."

Wiens himself also competed in Prince Albert, but withdrew in the Senior Men over-100 kg field with a win and a loss after injuring his ribs.

The club also got some good news when Tallissa Edwards was selected by Judo Saskatchewan to represent the province in a "goodwill tour" to Calgary in the second week of May.

Appeared in the Moose Jaw Times-Herald Apr. 18, 2007

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