FOUR young players from Harlow Judo Club travelled to High Wycombe to compete in the 61 Judo Club Green Belt & Below competition. Three players fought in the Novice to 6th Mon (yellow belt) group and one player fought in the Green Belt & under group.
George Franks (10) fought first in his weight group in the Red Belt section. He unfortunately lost his first fight which meant that he dropped to the repecharge. He fought hard to win his remaining rounds and displayed good use of counter techniques to secure the Bronze medal.
Up next were Sam Cobbin-Brown (10) and Fionn Healy (11) who both competed in the same weight group. Both boys battled hard against their individual opponents but despite trying their best, unfortunately finished unplaced.
Owen Lambert (11) was the last team player to compete. He competed in the Orange & Green Belt section and after a dead heat in his pool, re-fought everyone to take the Gold medal. He showed great maturity and demonstrated great judo techniques.
The British Judo Association recently changed its rules in anticipation of the 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo, which made it even more challenging for the team, participants, coaches and referees.
Coach Mick Ellis said “I am very pleased with the team’s performance today – they all fought very well and listened to my instructions. They adapted very well to the new rules – we are already training hard for our next competition”.
The Club caters for those with special needs and has a Coach specifically for this area. Please contact the Club for more details. They are based in Foldcroft, Harlow, CM20 1SE. For training times, please visit www.harlowjudoclub.com or contact Gill Ellis on email@example.com or 07976 955905 for further information.
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