Medal joy in Junior Championships

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Last weekend 11 students of Butokokan Judo Club travelled to High Wycombe to take part in the Bushido Za-Zen Junior National Championships.

The under-eight-year-olds were the first group to fight, with this being the first competition for some of them. For the boys, Andrew Duddridge got a runners-up medal, with Jay Coleman and Tom Common taking bronze. Lucy Connon was entered in two categories and she came out with bronze in both categories.

Next up to fight, Josh Macdonald, took a runners-up medal in his second competition, and as a big achievement, won his first fight.

Alex Brown and Mia Key both took gold in their own girls’ categories, and it seemed they had a competition of their own going to see who could get the fight over with fastest, with a fight each being won by ippon within three seconds.

Robyn Key earned a silver medal, displaying some excellent competitive and technical abilities.

Emma Wright and Acey Ross earned a bronze medal each in a tough group with some older competitors, and still showed excellent moral for getting up and giving it a go. Acey was also entered into a second category, in which he was more matched to his competitor, and he took gold from this. Jack Murphy also had a tough group with older, more experienced competitors, he gave his all to each fight, and came out with a runners-up medal.

Butokokan Judo trains at Newbiggin Sports Centre on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Saturdays from noon to 1.30pm, and Ashington YMCA on Mondays and Fridays between 6pm and 7pm. For more info, contact Andrew Douglass on 07921295612 or email amdouglass@hotmail.co.uk