Several of Vale Judo’s warriors fought for medals in Nottingham and Holland recently with great success.
First up in the Nottingham Open, was Rob Braint competing in the Mens over 100kg high grade category.
Rob fought hard to win a silver medal in his first competition in a few years and his first event representing the club. He won three out of four hard fought contests, only narrowly losing in the final.
The club’s higher graded juniors also showed their quality at the event by performing well against strong competition.
Luke Wadding competed in the boys under 55kg group and fought hard to take a 7th place in a large group of competitors gaining valuable experience in the process.
Clemence Barnes and Alex Cutforth out shone all competition to battle for the top two places in the under 63kg group. Alex took early points but Clemence fought back hard to take the contest and the gold medal.
Bryony Cutforth, back on the tatami after injury, fought against older girls to take a silver medal in a close fought under 48kg group showing great promise for the future.
Megan Rowley fought in the over 63kg category showing grit and determination to win three of her four contests and take the silver medal.
In the same weekend, James Reseigh entered his first international competition representing the England squad. James won two out of four contests in a large and hard fought under 38kg category in the event which took place in Venray, Holland.
Vale Judo received some additional good news this week when it was announced by the British Judo Association that Sofia Palmer, age 13, has gained a place in the 2014 England Pre-Cadet Squad at under 63kg.
Sofia’s selection was based upon the medal she gained in the first half of the year at the Midland Area, London Open and Sportif International events as well as her recent medal at the Budo Nord championships in Sweden.
She started judo classes at the club after being introduced to the sport through the Rutland Primary Schools Judo Programme. She now attends Stamford High School and also medalled at the Girls Independent Schools Championships earlier this year.
The club has now helped three juniors gain places in the England Squad and several more are continuing to chase ranking points to gain places in the squad next year. Current Vale Judo England Squad members Sofia Palmer, James Reseigh and Daniel Bennett will all be attending training camps and competition with the squad later this year.
Last weekend competing for medals and ranking points in the North of England Championships held in Bradford.
Emma Philip was up to compete first in pool of cadet girls fighting at under 48kg. Emma dispatched the first two competitors quickly for major scores having got her favourite technique working before competing against the country’s number two ranked player. She fought hard throwing her opponent for a good score before getting caught in a pin. A silver medal for Emma and hard earned ranking points gained to help her get a place in the England Squad.
Daniel Bennett fought next in the cadets boys under 73kg category but despite some good contests failed to progress to the medal fight-offs this time round but gained valuable experience fighting more mobile players in the process.
Last up was Rob Braint fighting in the Men’s over 100kg category starting on his quest of chasing a place in the National Squad by gaining ranking points.
Rob fought hard as the lightest player in the group gathering points towards his next dan grade, ranking points and a bronze medal .