The judo competition began today at the 2019 Canada Games, and Alberta rose to the occasion, dominating the competition. All six judokas in action fought for medals today, with seven judokas earning gold medals.

In the 44KG category, Evelyn Beaton, 14, of Lethbridge won the gold medal, fighting Kimiko Kamstra of British Columbia. Beaton is the daughter of Head Coach Ewan Beaton, a two-time Olympian.

Ema Tesanovic, 16, of Calgary, AB won the gold medal in the women’s 48kg category, fighting against Klavdia Danilkov of British Columbia. “It was an amazing day. I worked hard in training to achieve this result in addition to competing at a lot of tournaments. I was pretty confident heading into the day,” said Tesanovic.

Alberta had two judokas in the 52kg category, with Kondelia Karas of Edmonton, AB making it to the gold medal fight where she faced Sarah Maloum of Quebec.  In the gold medal fight, it’s Maloum who had the better day defeating Karas, who earns the silver medal. In the bronze medal match, Alberta’s Michelle Grisales of Grande Prairie, AB faced off against Manitoba’s Nina Zigic and managed to win the bronze medal for the double medal day for Alberta in the category.

In the men’s 50kg category, Douglas O’Brien, 17, of Rockyview County, AB went on to face Félix-Olivier Bertrand of Quebec. In the ultimate match won the silver medal.

Fighting in the 60kg category, Joel Demaere, 17, of Lethbridge, AB went on to face Quebec’s Arno Blacquière for the gold medal match. It took less than one minute for Demaere to apply the choke and force his opponent to abandon the match.

“It feels really good. That was my goal coming in, so its good to finally achieve that. I got to this point by training hard in Lethbridge. We have a great program there. I have been working a lot with my coaches and my teammates.

Finally, in the 66kg weight category, Nathan Demaere, 15, of Lethbridge, AB faced off against Ontario’s Erik Vandersanden in the gold medal showdown. In the final match, Nathan took home the silver medal.