SOUTH Brent Judo Club had a busy and memorable weekend with judoka fighting and training in Walsall, Cardiff and Sarajevo.
Plymstock School’s Max Gregory (U90kg) was selected to compete for Great Britain at the Cadet European Championships and training camp in Sarajevo from June 28 until July 1. He had a fantastic experience representing his country and competed and trained with other high calibre cadets from across Europe.
Also at the weekend a record number of South Brent Judo Club members represented the Western Area at the national teams’ competition in Cardiff. The Western Area team consisted of 33 judoka from 11 clubs – seven from South Brent.
First up, were the pre-cadet team, which included South Brent’s Maddox Callard, Zoe Butler and Kiya Butler. They rose to the challenge and fought brilliantly. It was their first time at such a high level competition and they relished the challenge.
Next to compete were the cadet/junior girls which fetured two from South Brent – Cerys Callard (U48kg) and Cordelia Gregory (O63kg). The Western Area finished first in their group after winning all their matches and progressed the semi-finals. Although they lost to the South in the semi-finals they did earned a bronze medal.
Last up at Cardiff were the cadet/junior boys which featured Josh Shipp (U55kg) and Lewis Widdicombe (U90kg). They won three out of their four matches and came second in their pool and qualified for the semi-finals. The West lost their semi-final 4-3 to a strong team from Scotland so also won a bronze.
Also at the weekend, four of South Brent’s REDS squad join 50 other judoka at the Centre of Excellence in Walsall. DD Stilwell, Pierre Michelin, Kiya and Zoe Butler enjoyed testing technical, randori and groundwork sessions in blistering heat.