Students from Battlehill Judo Club attended the British Judo Council’s (BJC) Open British National Championship, held at Kettering Sports Arena in Northamptonshire.
The event was well attended with competitors from BJC, BJA and AJA judo organisations.
It was the first time Battlehill Judo Club has attended this event, and the results were far higher than all expectations.
Kieran Hardaker was knocked out of junior boys u73kg category by fellow team mate Liam Banks, who was defeated by a referee’s decision in the final to gain a silver medal.
Kieran Tweedy won two contests in a tough junior boys u66kg group to finish in fifth place.
The three females in the squad – Jennie Francis, Ellie Hutton and Leah Anastasi – won seven contests between them to each gain a silver medal in the Primary Girls u28kg, Junior Girls u32kg, and Senior ladies u63kg respectively.
Primary boys Joe Carroll and Joe Flaherty both reached the finals of the u27kg and u42kg events, Carroll was defeated after an impressive performance with four wins to gain another silver medal for the club, whilst Flaherty remained undefeated in his pool to secure the gold medal and u42kg National Champion.
The club, managed by Shodan’s Malcolm Young, Steve Smith and Simon McKenzie, trains on a Monday and Wednesday evening at Churchill Community College in Wallsend.
For further information contact 07803 745184 or visit www.bhjudo.com