What a fantastic event and for the raiders, fantastic results. Two entries and two National Champions. Superb. These two young ladies, are looking at a bright future. Well done to all. Nice to back at the National event.
6 days after returning from Sweden, Ace Edwards and Kate Chisholm both fought for a place on the podium in Cardiff at the Welsh Open ranking event. Both in the same category, but Kate a first year cadet and Ace third year, they had some good fights, with one of Kates going into golden score for 8 further minutes. That took her into the final, where she had to settle for Silver. Ace came back in the repercharge winning all fights to take the Bronze. A good experience again for both players, and some ranking points ready for the British Open in December.
First trip abroad since pre covid, to the Lugi judo Cup in Sweden. A fantastic event, that we have competed at several times. Taking to the stage this year was Kate. Ace, Ben and Lisa. Fighting both days in two categories each, they came home with Kate - Silver (cadets), Bronze ( pre cadets), Ace - Bronze (juniors), Ben - Silver ( juniors and seniors) and Lisa - 5th (seniors), Bronze (juniors). Outstanding performances by all.
What anther fantastic weekend, again in London, but this time for the C2 International Championships. Both Ace Edwards and Ben Barkby doing exceptionally well, taking Bronze in their weight categories, Ace cadet u48kg, Ben Junior u60kg. Ace also entered the Junior event and took a brilliant Silver medal.
Both players now invited to the England Talent Development Squad for 2021/2022
On to the next and looking forward to further progress.
We have an English Champion to start the year off,after such a long awaited 18 months of Covid restrictions. Ace Edwards, took the Gold in the u48kg female cadets. This was the first time Ace haS fought at this weight, this age group and this level of competition. Ace has worked so hard over Covid. Her training, although hard at times, never stopped. So proud of this young lady.
From the result she has now been selected to join the ETD (England talent development) Squad for England Judo. The hard work starts here, but we have every confidence she will do her best to succeed.
As Sunday's are normally in the local park, doing our fitness boot camps, this week we booked ourselves on the Assault Course @fieldsportuk for a change. So much Fun for everyone. Energetic and challenging but we all loved it. Star of the morning though was Ben Barkby and Ace Edwards, breaking the course record for both male and female. Well done you two. Judo has its benefits hey ;)
Assault course record for men Ben Barkby
Assault course record for women Ace Catherine