P.A. judo athlete brings home bronze from Quebec

By Nigel Maxwell
November 6, 2017 - 5:30pm Updated: November 6, 2017 - 9:23pm

Prince Albert’s Jannessa Keays is one step closer to her dream of competing at the Olympics.

Over the weekend the 14-year-old won bronze at the Quebec Judo Open. 

Over a thousand athletes from three different countries competed at the annual tournament.

“It was a little tough my last two fights but my first fight was quite easy I think,” Keays said.

Keays has accomplished a lot already in her three years of Judo experience. Last May she finished fifth at the Canadian Natonal Judo Championships in Calgary.

She has now been invited to compete in London, England at an international competition in March.

"I was so happy to hear I got selected to go to England. Out of all the Saskatchewan athletes, only a select few were asked to go and I was one of them,” she said.

Keays’s long term goals include competing at the 2024 Winter Olympics and she wants to compete at the Canadian Winter Games in Red Deer in 2019.

 

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