Canada Games: NWT’s Brent Betsina captures silver in judo

Brent Betsina
Brent Betsina, centre, at the Canada Games. Photo via Team NWT.
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Team NWT has its first medal of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Yellowknife’s Brent Betsina has won silver in the boys’ individual over-100kg judo.

He was defeated by Quebec’s Kevin Gauthier in the final on Thursday evening in Prince George.

“It feels awesome,” Betsina told Moose FM. “I didn’t even care if I won gold, silver or bronze. I just wanted to fight because this was my last time doing competition. I’m retiring from judo.

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“I just wanted to go out on a big boom and I did.”

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Betsina, who stands 5ft 8in tall and weighs 250 pounds, beat competitors from Newfoundland and Manitoba to secure a spot in the final bout.

The 18-year-old was the only athlete to represent the NWT in judo.

“A lot of hours, a lot of sweat and broken bones went into this. Even a couple days ago my jaw popped out and I had to pop it back in and I still competed even though I had a popped-out jaw.

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“It still hurts but as my sensei says ‘no pain no gain’ so I used that to help me.”

The territory hadn’t won a medal since Brendan Green won gold in cross-country skiing during the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.

View: Medal Standings

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