Elite 8 In Montreal Isabelle HArris

On January 5 2017 I arrived in Montreal for the Elite 8 National Championships.

We are here!

Tournaments are not just about fighting, making weight is the first step! My category was -63 kgs, which means that I have to be under 63 kgs but over 57 kgs. In Judo the categories are determined by age and weight. As Elite 8 is an invitational tournament I had to make sure that I was in that certain weight category, which meant that I had to eat lots of food! When I weighed in to fight I was only 58 kg... light for my category. I had to eat cheesecake and carbs in order to make weight, but I didn't mind so much!

Yummy!

On January 6 we had practice at the National Training Center. The Dojo is the best in Canada, and it was so cool to be there training with some well-known Judokas!

The National Training Center

On the 7th it was fight day for the Seniors. All of Team BC came to watch and cheer on the people who were fighting. Team BC came home with a bronze and silver medal.

Fight Day For Seniors

The next day was my fight day! I had eight girls in my category (Elite 8). I was very nervous because I took the summer off and was just getting back into competition. I lost my first fight, and was disappointed because I made a mistake resulting in her being able to throw me back. I won my second fight, and that brought back my confidence. In my third fight I lost the bronze medal by shido, which is a small penalty. Although I was disappointed that I didn't win the medal, I knew that I had did my best and learned enough so that next time I will.

My Fight Day

After my fight day we had camp at the National Training Center. The camp was good and taught by a well-known Judoka who used to train Olympians! We even got to see some Olympians on our trip and watch them fight in the tournament.

Outside of National Training Center

We came home on January 9th. The flight was good, and my mom made me poutine when I came home because I didn't get a chance to eat any while in Montreal. Thanks mom! I was happy to come home, and ready to get back to training and learn from the fights I had.

My cat missed me!

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