On Tuesday February 26, 2019, Team BC Judo began the 2019 Canada Winter Games with two bronze medals from the men’s side. The first day of competition saw the light-weight divisions compete for the podium.
Korin Gardner (Nanaimo) defeated Katuso Leung (Alberta) to a Bronze Medal in the male -55kg category.
“I feel pretty happy about it. I am satisfied with the bronze medal finish today,” said Gardner of his performance today. “I was able to perform a Ura nagi (sacrifice suplex throw) pick-up throw twice today, which I am pretty happy about.”
Team BC teammate Finn Shroeder (Whistler) then defeated Ethan Kean (NL) in seconds to earn himself a Bronze Medal in the -66kg category.
“I am happy with bronze. I was able to land a Morote seio-nage (shoulder throw) in the bronze medal fight to end it; it’s one of my favourite throws.” Schroeder had golden expectations for himself today but he is happy with the podium finish, and looks forward to the team competition later this week.
All of the athletes were excited for the finals set-up at the Westerner Park venue. The lights were dimmed and the focus was on only one mat for the bronze and gold medal matches.
Competition resumes tomorrow with the individual finals in the heavy-weight divisions.