One of the most anticipated events, the judo team event took place today at Westerner Park.
Coming off of a couple of successful days in individual competition where judo would achieve a total of 10 medals, the teams had their eyes on gold medals.
Team BC women, comprised of Brae Booth (Creston), Klavdia Danilkov (Vancouver), Isabella Greene (Nanaimo), Kimiko Kamstra (Prince George), Caleigh Takara Kuramoto (Richmond) and Dakota Webb (Victoria), defeated New Brunswick in the quarterfinals, moving on to compete against Quebec and an attempt to earn a berth in the gold medal match. BC defeated Quebec for the first time in the team event, moving on to face Alberta in the final. Alberta proved to be a tough opponent for Team BC, and they came out on top winning the gold, with BC taking the silver.
The men’s team, comprised of Korin Gardner (Nanaimo), Payton Harris (Abbotsford), Anthony Henry (Campbell River), Maximus Joe (Burnaby), Finn Schroeder (Whistler), Lochlan Young (Prince George) defeated New Brunswick in the Quarterfinal round, moving on to face Alberta in the semi-final. The semi-final was a close match between the two teams, but BC would end up the winner and would secure themselves a spot in the gold medal match. They fought against Quebec for gold in another close battle, one that would push Quebec to their closest team final result in a long time. However, Quebec would still come out with the gold medal performance, and BC took the silver.
Both the men and the women would improve on their results in the team competition at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. In 2015 the women placed 4th and the men finished with a bronze.
The Team Competition concludes the 2019 Canada Winter Games for judo, who saw phenomenal success finishing their competition with a total of 12 medals.