Six Estevan jiu jitsu athletes made their mark at a tournament in Regina over the weekend.
The Western Kids Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship hosted competitors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Estevan's Roman Hill, Octavia Hill, Raymond Johnson, Dalton Short, Lexie Fonstad, and Elizabeth Trepanier all competed in what was their first event since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
"We've only been back at it a month now," said head coach Tyson King. "So this tournament was a little early to come back from that long layoff and just go right to competing after only a couple weeks of classes. And wow did they do good for their first time out."
Trepanier won a silver and bronze medal, Fonstad won gold, Short won a bronze, and Octavia Hill also took home a bronze medal.
It was the first ever tournament for Octavia Hill, Roman Hill, and Johnson.
King added that the entire sport is trying to get back in the groove following the long layoff.
"I think everyone, the refs, the organizers, everyone's kind of just getting back in the groove of things after all this time off. Everyone kind of needed a little practice go," he said.
The event also had several athletes from Weyburn and Oxbow.
"It's just great to be back in that environment...it's been too long," King said. "So many parents, and all the coaches and all the kids from all over coming in together and I think everyone had a really good time."
King said they've got some more competitive events coming up this summer, including a trip to Winnipeg and the Saskatchewan provincial tournament in June, the CopaSask.