The 2019 Canada Winter Games was a memorable experience for two local athletes. Brooklyn Tews of Beaverlodge brought home a gold in women’s hockey and Michelle Grisales of Grande Prairie took home bronze in judo. This was Tews’ first appearance at the games and says she still can’t believe her team won.
“Personally, I was very nervous but as a team, throughout the tournament, we had ups and downs like in round-robin play but everyone in the room before the final game just had a feeling that something good was going to happen. It was almost disbelief I guess.”
The 17-year-old defenceman has been playing hockey since the age of four and currently plays for the Edge School in Calgary. In the gold medal game on March 2nd, Team Alberta beat Team Quebec 2 to 1 to take the top spot.
When it comes to Michelle’s win, she lost her first fight of the day on February 26th against an athlete from Quebec. After that, she had to win all of her other fights in order to get the bronze. That win for the 52-kilogram category came against an athlete from Manitoba. She says the win feels good after all the work she’s put in to prepare.
“I’m feeling pretty happy about it. I’ve been working really hard these past few months for the Canada Games and to come back with bronze I’m pretty proud.”
The 16-year-old trains with Hoku Sei Kan Judo Club in Grande Prairie under her coach and father Carlos Grisales. She is coming off of a successful 2018, where she placed first at the Canadian National Championships, Ontario Open, and Edmonton International Championships. Michelle will now be preparing for nationals in May.