SBG’s Davison Competes in Back-to-Back Judo Tournaments

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DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 17TH & 18TH, 2018 – National Judo Tournaments

SBG Montana’s Stella Davison competed in 2 back-to-back tournaments on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th in Dallas, TX, making strides in a promising career as a national Judo athlete.

Davison competed at the USA Judo’s National President’s Cup Judo Championship, placing 3rd in both of her divisions. She also competed in the 53rd Annual Dallas Invitational Judo Championship.

Davison was 1 out of 12 competitors in the Senior Shiai Division and 1 out of 5 in the International Judo Federation Junior Division.

Stella was coached by Travis Stevens, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist and Project 2024 coach.

Davison’s greatest asset leading up to both tournaments was her discipline, giving her the ability to go up against high-level competitors.

Coach Kisa Davison commented, “This weekend was a good one. She had tough matches and worked hard to stand on the podium.”

With the guidance of Coach Stevens and her discipline, Davison’s performance in the two tournaments are important steps in a greater Judo career.

Davison added, “Stella’s discipline in training and competition preparation is unmatched. Her ultimate goal is to represent the USA at the 2024 Olympics. While her skills will continue to develop, the real success that we see is her ability to learn from her mistakes, reset her mind, and approach each challenge as a new opportunity to do better. That’s the making of a true champion.”

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SBG’s Davison Takes Silver at Judo US Open

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, July 27th & 28th, 2018 – 2018 US Open Judo Championships

SBG Montana’s Stella Davison competed in the 2018 US Open Judo Championships held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th.

For Davison, this was a tournament of firsts: first time at the US Open International; first time competing as a brown belt; and first time competing in a higher weight class. Davison won silver in her division, competing against the top US athletes in Judo.

Head Coach Sean Saadi said of the event, “This event included over 800 competitors representing 23 different countries. It was a great event for Stella on many levels and getting a Silver medal here is impressive. We tested the waters in a higher weight division against unfamiliar competitors.”

Davison said of the experience, “This competition brought a set of different challenges. There were a number of obstacles in my path to the podium, and I did everything in my power to hurdle them! I didn’t come home with the gold that I had been a striving for, but any place on the podium at this high level of competition is nothing to be ashamed of. When I look at my medal I see proof of all of hours I spent on the mats, the drops of sweat and tears that slide down my cheeks.”

Davison will finish the 2018 season at the upcoming President’s Cup in November and then start planning and preparing for the 2019 season.