Kingsley School Judo Team returned from their 35th tournament this year with another bus full of medals after a rewarding day at the Gloucester Under 16 Open Championships on Saturday.

Kingsley pupils joined members of our Community Judoka as we returned with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.

The event offered a great opportunity to develop the team with 140 competitors taking part in the tournament. The day really challenged our teams’ technical skills and characters during the day.

It was very pleasing to see our Kingsley Pupils all come away with some wonderful results. Cameron (Year 10) won a silver medal after some brilliant judo to force his way into the final only to lose out eventually to England Squad fighter Ryan Salmon.

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Junior School star Jersey continued to develop her judo by also winning a silver medal in a combined weight category which really tested her strong character. Jersey always competes to win every time she steps onto the mat. She fought really well again here and she has so much potential to become a real star.

Newcomer Harry (Year 7) produced his best performance so far by winning a Bronze medal while fellow pupil Liam (Year 7) also fought hard to earn a Bronze medal.

I’m once again very proud of the team and all they manage to achieve. It’s such a difficult task to compete and learn from the experience of both winning and losing, but the team always work hard and want to learn from their experience.

Simon Ward