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Cody Angevine and Bailey MacDonald pose with their bronze medals from the national judo championship last weekend in Jonquiere, Que.
NEW GLASGOW – Bailey MacDonald and Cody Angevine played a major role in Nova Scotia’s showing at the national judo championship, bringing home two of the province’s three medals.
Both Kanokai Judo Club members won bronze medals at the event held May 15-18 in Jonquiere, Que.
“It still hasn’t sunk in,” said MacDonald. “I won my first fight of the day, but lost the next one, so I had to fight my way back to the top. When I won (bronze) it was great to win, but even now that I’m home it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
This was MacDonald’s third trip to the national judo championship, but the first time he medalled. He said that he’s placed at other national events like the Quebec Open, but this medal came as he became more confident at the event.
“I almost didn’t feel as much pressure because I’ve been getting used to them (national championships),” he said. “It was stressful, but not in the same way as some of the past ones.”
Angevine said he felt some nerves at the event because of the number of people around. It was the way he imagined it would be, but it was still a learning experience.
“I’d really like to go back now that I’ve had the chance to go,” he said. “(I learned) to be more a little more aggressive if I go back in the future.”
The New Glasgow-based judo club also had Marshall Fitt, Kyle Sutherland and Megan Constable in attendance at the event, although they didn’t medal.
This summer the athletes will take part in the provincial championship, but MacDonald said the next major event they’re preparing for is the Quebec Open in October.