Capacity Crowd Cheers on Pair of Nova Scotia Gold Medal Performances

Nova Scotia's Whitney Lohnes (blue) throws her opponent

The first day of the 2011 Canada Games judo competition is complete, with the home team Nova Scotia earning a pair of gold medals. Three Nova Scotians also posted fifth place, leading to one of the province’s best days ever at a Canada Games judo competition. A capacity crowd was vocal throughout the event, cheering Nova Scotia to their unprecedented result. Not to be outdone by their East Coast rivals, team New Brunswick took home four medals, including one gold, one silver, and two bronze.

Ontario coach Dave Burt also had a lot to be happy about. Not only did he lead his team to four medals as coach, Coach Burt is also the father of three Team Ontario athletes that competed today. Sons Zachery and Jonah took home bronze and silver medals in the judo competition respectively.

Quebec leads the medal count following day one of competition after earning a medal in each of the seven categories contested, reaffirming their status as a judo powerhouse. However, with eight provinces each earning multiple medals and an all-around high caliber of competition, it is clear that provinces from coast to coast are continuing to produce top quality athletes.

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