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Success at British Schools C'Ships 2023!

A Silver, Bronze and two 5th place finishes in our most successful event to date!

After a great warm up event last weekend, The Judo Academy brought 4 fighters to the British Schools Judo Championships in Sheffield this weekend. All fighters are current members of the NI Pathway Squad and hope to transition to the NI Talent Development program this year.

At the same time, The Judo Academy had representation in the Galway Open, Ewan Murray winning a Gold and a Silver medal, coached by his father John on the day. Well done Ewan!

Imogen, representing Wallace High achieved a credible 5th place, just beaten for the bronze medal on a very tough day for the youngster. A great experience for her to learn and progress. Well done Imogen!

Aodhan won 3 fights and lost 2 representing De La Salle College. He lost to the eventual winner in fight 2, but regained composure to win the next 2 and gain a chance at a bronze medal. Losing in the bronze medal match to a very experience opponent, but a 5th place from 24 competitors is a great achievement. Well done Aodhan!

Quinn won a Silver medal in his category, winning 3 fights by ippon, only to lose in 'Golden Score'. Another Walace High pupil performing admirably on a national stage. This does not tell the full story. The final match was 14 minutes long, with the 2 fighters completely draining their energy in what was the longest and final match of the day. Well done Quinn!

Conall, representing De La Salle was our only fighter on Day 2. He won 4 fights from 5 and gained his first British medal so far. There were 26 fighters in his category and coming third from 26 was spectacular. Conall also achieved 40 points towards his black belt. Well done Conall!

Many thanks to everyone that helped to keep the club open when we were at the event both last week and this week. The club is getting stronger in all areas and continues to progress on an upward trajectory.

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