THE EUROPEAN STAGE

A couple of our players have reached the European stage in Judo. Kate Chisholm, only 14 years old and Ben Barkby age 18, follow their progress below.

Kate was the first of our talented young judoka to compete in her first taste of the European circuit, at the cadet cup in Spain, a great start on the road to gaining experience.

Kates Second trip was to Croatia, unlucky to not win her first fight, she fought so well.

Next was France. A tough comp and camp, Kate wasn't on form this day, but the benefit was in the camp. Two hard days doing randori with the top cadets from around the world.

Our other player Ben Barkby has also been busy in Europe. First for him too, but as a Junior, missing cadets due to covid. His first event was in Portugal, and a win in his first fight, giving him world ranking points.

Next a trip to Paris for the European Cup Juniors. Tough draw, fighting the number 1 seed from Aze first fight. Great fight lasting 3 mins, until a loss, but was lucky enough to come back in the reparcharge. Up against a beast of a Frenchman had the best fight, but a win wasn't to be. Great camp though for three days and lots of lessons learnt.

Ben's next trip was to Spain, his home, which he hasn't seen for 3 years due to covid etc. He had the best time, but unfortunately didn't chalk up any wins. It was tough comp for all of GB juniors that weekend. But the camp was great and of course the sun was shining. Lots of fun had from all the team. Onwards and upwards regards the European circuit.