Bronze for brothers

Judo brothers Ben and Toby Attwood enjoy a successful weekend.

AFTER being selected to represent the West of England judo squad at this year’s national team event held at the Sheffield Arena, Ben Attwood found himself rubbing shoulders with Olympian Tom Reed.

The UK was split into nine regions and divided up into pools at the start of the competition. The West qualified from their pools in runners-up position, giving the squad the hard task of competing against Scotland.

After a remarkable performance by the West, they defeated Scotland and progressed to the semi-finals where they were beaten by the overall winners the Midlands, thus winning a fantastic bronze medal at the National Team Championships.

The following day Ben competed at the West of England open judo championships in Swindon. He fought extremely well, having competed all day on the Saturday and won a silver medal.

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Younger brother Toby also competed at Swindon, where because of age banding had to fight in the U34kg rather than the U30kg. Although this was extremely tough for Toby because of the weight and high standard, he eventually came away in bronze position.

Ben would like to thank the Cheddar Youth Trust for their grant, which is very much appreciated. He trains at least four times a week, travelling to South Glos and Bath and competes all over the country and abroad.

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Anyone interested in sponsoring Ben in his judo ventures, please contact Ben Attwood on 01934 741648.

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