Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC English Nationals, Sunday 1st May 2011

A slightly smaller group than normal attended, 19 children of which for 8 it was their first time. It was still an impressive performance by everyone and we came away with 4 medals; 1 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The competition in general had a low turnout, however it meant that those there were definitely the best in the country and proved to be very difficult to win against.

Philip Sparks in his first Nationals had some good fights, scored some points and gained great  experience. Francesca Taylor was up against some old rivals, had a good start with a great ippon, but then took a couple of knocks which shook her concentration, still she enjoyed her visit to the medics bay again. Ceiran Walsh battled strongly but struggled with some of the new rules, especially the change in the starting procedures.

Keiran King and Jack Mitchell both had to move up a weight group and joined Alex Bakewell and Jovan Lee-Roles in what was probably the largest group. All 4 had some good wins and Keiran and Jovan managed to get through to fight for the Bronze medal, however both just missed out.

Amber Gregson and Abigail Pinney both enjoyed their first Nationals experience and can’t wait to get back for the Welsh Nationals. Ben Griffin also at his first Nationals started well and then came up against the eventual medallists, he battled hard but just couldn’t get his trademark throw. Bryony King just gets stronger each time she attends and I am certain she will medal next time.

Kushal Nayee after many years and attempts was justly awarded with a Bronze medal in a very tough group. Alex Owen, Max Blighton and Will Hankins all at their first Nationals came up against some extremely strong opposition but all enjoyed the event and now have a better idea of what to expect next time.

Fiona Carroll and Lola Arthur were both delighted to win medals, Fiona a Silver and Lola a Bronze, well done girls. Nel Attwood ended up in an amalgamated category so was up against far heavier girls than herself. She did take a bad knock to the ribs at the start but carried on. Lauren Curtis performed well again and was very pleased with her Bronze medal and I believe some of the pictures taken while she was fighting.

Well done to you all, a fantastic performance, especially as we didn’t have much chance for practice just before the competition.

Best wishes

Jonathan

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