All Saints Catholic School's gym was filled with judo participants from Sask. and Alta. this past weekend dueling it out. 

The Swift Current Judo Club hosted its annual tournament with over 75 athletes attending from over a dozen different clubs. Twenty-five of the competitors were locals.

Nancy Filteau, head instructor for the Swift Current Judo Club, said it was nice to see the majority of her athletes take to the mat.

"We get everybody come and participate (at our home tournament), where they maybe wouldn't travel to Saskatoon, Regina, or Moose Jaw," she said. "Seeing as we're doing it in town, this is a chance to see what a tournament is all about and so they get a chance to experience it on home dirt.

"I think that's the exciting part is some of them have grandparents here and they're pretty proud when they come off the mat."

The developmental tournament saw Swift Current Judo Club members finish with a combined 12 first-place results across their respective groups, with Jack Bochek (U14 Male) and Serenity George (U14 Female) both claiming first twice. 

"Some of them surprise you, you wonder where did that tiger come from," she said. "And some of them see what they need to work on."

The tournament will be used as a springboard for Filteau's athletes as they'll turn their sights on the Edmonton Internation Tournament in early March then onto Sask. provincials in the middle of April. 

For a list of the full results, click here.