Medals won at prestigious event

SEVEN judo players represented Weston at the prestigious Tora Kai Judo Championship, and won five medals, three golds, one silver and a bronze.

SEVEN judo players represented Weston at the prestigious Tora Kai Judo Championship, and won five medals, three golds, one silver and a bronze. What made this team so special was the fact that there was a 41-year age gap between the competitors. All the players come from the Weston Judo Club, who train at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Tuesdays nights.The championship was held at Bristol and the first up to fight was Ethan Nairne, who is just six and took a bronze. His 11-year-old sister Lele Nairne won a gold, as did Renz Vallesera and Thomas Reading, and a silver went to veteran Mark Fiddes. However, the real unsung hero of the group was third Dan Martin Jones. Although he was just outside the medals on the day, it should be noted that he is 30 years older than the youngest fighter in his contest group, weighs 35kilos less than the heaviest player, and it is 22 years since he fought in a championship contest. Commenting on their fantastic success, father of Ethan and Lele, Dan grade Kevin Nairne, who also refereed some of the contests at the championships, said: "I can't think of a better family sport than judo, it offers our whole family a healthy and wholesome pursuit and has given my children huge self confidence. "Martin, our veteran contest gladiator who can be seen involved in hard practice most Tuesday evenings, proves that judo is not just a young person's interest."If you or your children are interested in learning more, or giving judo a try, please contact Vicky Newton on 01934 843276.THE Sakura Bana Budo Kwai recently held their annual judo club championships at the Campus. The children all fought well and can be proud of their trophies. Annual awards were won by William Matthieson, Judoka of the year; Liam Brailsford, junior boy of the year; Alice Dingle, junior girl of the year; Callum Rawlings, the spirit of judo trophy; Harry Taylor, best newcomer. Some members also attended the Tora Championships in Bristol with Annalisa Brown, Harry Taylor, Renz Vallerjero coming first and Georgia Wood and Jassica Isaac gaining third place. If you would like more information about judo please contact Glenda Chapman 07876 342439


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