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Olympian hosts judo class in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 September 2017

Double Judo Olympian Ashley McKenzie holding training sessions at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre, Cheddar.

Double Judo Olympian Ashley McKenzie holding training sessions at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre, Cheddar.

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A double grand slam and Commonwealth medallist led a masterclass in Cheddar this week.

Double Judo Olympian Ashley McKenzie holding training sessions at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre, Cheddar. Double Judo Olympian Ashley McKenzie holding training sessions at Kings of Wessex Leisure Centre, Cheddar.

Ashley McKenzie visited Cheddar Judo Club on Saturday and hosted two classes.

The 28-year-old Olympian has secured 12 medals over his career in the men’s 60kg judo.

Judo players from across Somerset visited the club at Kings Leisure Centre, in Station Road, to be taught by the gold medallist – with participants ranging from five to 65 years old.

Cheddar head coach Kev Attwood said it was a ‘fantastic event’ which left everyone ‘truly inspired’ by his technique, speed and fun style of coaching.

He added: “Although it was fantastic to have Ashley come and give this master class, it is such a shame that Britain’s number one judo player has to work so hard outside of his training just to fund his Olympic dream.

“It just would not happen in most other sports.”

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