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Judo: Harlow Judo Club show class at Cambridge

Sport / Sun 29th Oct 2017 at 04:23pm

21.10.17 – London Area Green Belt & Below Open – UEL, London
22.10.17 – Littleport Youth & Senior Open – Littleport, Cambridge

HARLOW Judo Club had a very eventful weekend. The younger players of the Club travelled to University of East London, to participate in the London Area Green Belt & Below Open competition. The young team consisted of a mix of novice and experienced players resulting with some players medalling and some not, but great experience was gained throughout the different categories for all players. There were some outstanding individual performances. For a handful of the team, it was their first major competition outside the Club’s training dojo.

In the Red & Yellow belt section, a Gold medal was won by Giacomo Misuraca (15). Sillver medals were won by Izzie Germaine (11) and Sofia Kafas (10). Bronze medals went to Millie Morgan (8), George Franks (11) and Fionn Healy (12). Eli Balski (8), Harry Franks (10), Jack Loft (9), Thomas Norman (10) and Ramy Mamouri (10) were unfortunately unplaced but battled hard in their respective weight groups. In the Orange & Green belt section, the Club’s 2nd Gold medal was won by Owen Lambert (12).

Head Coach, Mick Ellis, with assistance from Thomas Lambert, coached the team throughout the day at the 3 mat event and said that it was an excellent haul of medals combined with some great judo today – overall, a great day’s work.

ON Sunday, it was the turn of the older players of the Club to travel to Littleport, Cambridge, to compete in the Youth & Senior Open event, it being a point scoring event.

The trio, consisting of Nigel Lambert (50), Robert Morgan (36) and Thomas Lambert (16) made the journey to, Cambridge. The competition was split into various sections, with Robert making a double entry. The medal success continued with the trio coming away with a Gold medal won by Thomas in the Youth u73kg section, 2 Silver medals claimed by Nigel in the Masters section and Robert also in the Masters section, and a Bronze medal won by Robert in the Seniors section.


The trio battled hard in their own weight groups with Thomas enduring a further 10 minute Golden Score straight after his second fight to eventually win his group and claim the Gold. Robert fought hard in both his categories with a short break in between the 2, whilst Nigel, who made a comeback to Judo after taking a very long break and was reintroduced back to the sport via his younger son, made a valliant effort in his group. After the competition, both Nigel and Thomas then went on to do their line up for their Black Belts.

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Thomas completed his line up and was half way to achieving the pinnacle of his judo career leaving just the theory and Kata, but unfortunately, Nigel only managed one win out of 3, meaning he will have to redo his line up in the future – he did however secure 30 points (out of the required 100) towards his Black belt. Both father and son passed the remaining sections with flying colours allowing Thomas to claim his Black belt, having recently just turned 16. Head Coach Mick, said that he could not be prouder of his young student especially as Thomas had been out of the competition circuit for nearly a year due to injury.

The Club only recently learned that it had been awarded a substantial grant from Harlow Recreation to renovate its training ground (dojo). This is one of the first steps towards making Foldcroft into a quality facility for Club use and local residents.

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 protected] or 07976 955905 for further information.

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