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Rio Olympic medallist Conway inspires members on visit to judo club

OLYMPIC bronze medallist Sally Conway visited South Brent Judo Club at the weekend to hold a masterclass and present awards.

‘Inspiring’, ‘awesome’ and ‘incredible’ were just some of the words used by members to describe her day at the Palstone Recreation Centre.

Conway won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and claimed a silver medal at last year’s European Championships. She is currently training for the Tokyo Olympics.

The masterclass in Devon, which was funded by the help of the COOP Local Causes initiative, was split into two sessions for the under and over 14 year olds.

Both sessions started with some lively games before moving on to learning some of Conway’s signature techniques.

South Brent’s members all got the chance to speak to her, look at and hold her impressive Olympic bronze medal.

“Sally proved to be an amazing and gracious role model,” said a club spokesperson.

Between the sessions, Conway kindly presented the annual awards to the judoka.

The most improved players were Maddox Callard, Ellie and Joshua Shipp. Outstanding achievement awards were presented to Max Gregory, Cordelia Gregory, Adam Vosper, Josh Shipp and Lewis Widdicombe. Widdicombe was also voted player of the year after a great 12 months in which he won gold at the Junior Nationals and achieved his level one coaching course.


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