Another fantastic performance from the Kingsley School Judo Team at the West of England Junior Championships which were held in Kingsbridge. The event attracted 170 competitors representing all seven of the area’s counties, across the two age bands of competition in the under 12 and under 16 age groups.
Kingsley’s team represented the Devon County Squad and in total had 13 Judoka which included 7 pupils from the school and 6 children from the Kingsley School Community Club.
The team produced a much improved set of results compared to this time last year. They won nine medals in total, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze, while four fighters came either 5th or 7th place in their groups.
Louis Hughes - Silver : Year 6 under 50kg class. Louis repeated his Silver medal win from last year’s event again this year. He shows true quality and potential, but his final bout against George Burton was a fight Louis really should have controlled and won easily. Louis has produced many incredible throws in training but today he found it difficult to find the spark which he really needed to turn his Silver medal into a Gold medal..
Danny Rogers - Bronze :
Year 4 under 50kg class. A great result for Danny,despite being very new to competition Judo.
in Year 4 and Finlay Mathers
in Year 6 fought very bravely in their groups. Despite being new to the competition format, they produced very promising displays and have been encouraged to keep training hard. Oliver took part in the under 30 kg class and finished in 5th
place. Finlay fought in the under 38kg finishing in 7th
Valentin Sebe- Silver :
Year 12 under 73kg class. Valentin took part in his first competition in England and fought with typical French throwing style as he reached the final after three impressive Ippon wins. The final was against Kieran Peacock from Bristol, who is a former England cadet fighter.
Clara Gawlas - Silver : Year 10 under 63kg class. A strong positive performance from Clara as she reached the final after winning her semi-final with a powerful throw, linked into an equally strong hold down, to score Ippon “Judo’s Knock Out”. This set up a very difficult final against Lele Nairn from Gloucester who is going to be fighting for Great Britain at the forthcoming European Cadet championships.
Elliott Sutcliffe - Bronze : Year 10 under 60kg class. Elliott is fast becoming a really skilful judo fighter, this was only his second competition and he won two bouts using his favourite throw Koshi Guruma to score Ippon both times. He reached the semi-final where he faced present England squad member James Hayes
Simon Ward said he’s very proud of the team, in particular the younger fighters, as this is not an easy competition. Each year the standard gets higher. The team produced some good performances and can certainly look back and say each fighter did their best.