Lele earns gold at school games

Lele Nairne.

Lele Nairne. - Credit: Archant

Judoka Lele Nairne won gold at the Sainsbury’s School Games.

KEWSTOKE judoka Lele Nairne made sure to leave her mark on her debut appearance as she claimed gold at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.

The 15-year-old joined more than 1,600 young athletes in Sheffield for the major multi-sport event which saw competition across 12 different sports.

Despite the pressure of her first-ever appearance at the competition, Nairne, who attends Priory Community College, turned in an impressive performance on the mat to take glory in the girls’ under-57kg category.

Competing for England, Nairne went up against fellow team-mate Jessica Carl in the first round before again facing her in the final.

But after emerging victorious on both occasions, the Bradley Stoke Judo Club fighter admitted her first taste of the Olympic-style event had been one to remember.

“It’s really good to win gold, especially because it’s my first School Games,” said Nairne. “I knew it was going to be really tough so I just gave it my all.

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The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from September 12-15. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.

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