ST HELENS judoka Amy Livesey (-63kg) was the stand out performer at this weekend’s Montreal Grand Prix, winning silver, in what was the first time the IJF Grand Prix has been staged in Montreal.

Livesey entered Montreal ranked 21st in the World and knowing a strong performance will see her bid for World Championship selection later this year, and Olympic qualification grow.

Following a bye in the opening round, Livesey faced Alisha Galles (USA) in the second round.

Victory saw her progress to face Alexia Castilhos (BRA) in the quarter-final, an athlete ranked only two places behind Livesey in the world rankings.

Despite what looked a close match on paper, it was far from that, Livesey throwing her opponent in under 45 seconds to win her Pool and progress to the semi-finals.

In the semi-final Livesey faced home athlete, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN), the world number 9.

Despite the difference in world rankings it was Livesey who emerged victorious and booked her place in the final against Mokhee Cho (KOR).

With the score tied, the final went to Golden Score and it was Cho that was able to find a winning score to claim the gold and Livesey claiming the silver.