Palmer wins gold after England call-up

Sofia Palmer wins gold at the Eastern Area Open championships EMN-140821-170110001
Sofia Palmer wins gold at the Eastern Area Open championships EMN-140821-170110001
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Vale Judo competitors have enjoyed great success at the Eastern Area Open championships this month with young star Sofia Palmer claiming gold.

There were several fighters in action from the Oakham club with many chasing ranking points in several categories.

First up were Tomas Asher, Jaye Middleton and Mary Tomblin in the younger competitor category trying their hand at their first open grade event.

Tomas had a couple of contests in the new u34kg weight group, not winning contests but gaining valuable experience. Jaye also experienced competing in a new group and gained a gold medal in the process. Mary comfortably took a silver medal in her group.

Next up in the pre-cadet group were Luke Wadding, Bryony Cutforth and Sofia Palmer. Luke fought hard at his first ranking event to gain a bronze, Bryony also gained a silver and Sofia celebrated her recent England Squad position by winning a gold.

In the cadet category Alex Cutforth and Holly Newton competed in the u63kg cadet category and with Alex taking a 7th place and Holly, in her first ranking event for two years, took a fifth out of a group of 12 girls

Daniel Bennett was also competing in the cadet boys’ u73kg category and performed well to win a bronze medal and gain more ranking points in his quest for a place in the national squad next year.

Finally, Rob Braint was the last to compete winning a silver medal and points towards his second dan and national squad ranking points in the over 100kg category in a group of six competitors.

Earlier this summer almost 50 primary and secondary school students represented their schools and colleges at the 7th Annual Rutland & Area Schools Judo Festival.

Vale Judo hosted the event and competition and school rivalry was intense as more schools were represented at this event than any previous time.

The event had 14 categories of competitors and an equal number of boys and girls involved - with medals awarded to all involved.

Ketton Primary won the Rutland and Area Primary Schools trophy for the third year and Casterton Business and Enterprise College won the Rutland and Area Secondary schools trophy.

Special awards went to Tomas Asher for Throw of the Day and Tomek Clark for Spirit of Judo.