Parks Judo Club’s success at the Parks

Along with other local clubs, the Parks Judo Club entered members into the Northumberland Association of Clubs for Young People (NACYP) tournament at the Parks Sports Centre.

And every one of them was successful, including a few who had entered their first tournament.

Oliver Croskery won his first tournament gold in the over 30kg primary event, whilst Lewis Price and Finlay Ferguson won gold in the under 66kg and under 45kg junior groups respectively, adding to previous tournament wins.

Gemma Price gained a silver in the under 30kg primary category for girls and was matched by Harley Wood’s silver in the under 30kg primary group for boys.

The notable Adam Robinson won a bronze in the under 35kg junior boys, whilst Hannah Gilder matched him with her bronze in the under 35kg junior group for girls.

Rebecca Waite and Aaron Stewart also gained bronzes in the under 45kg junior and under 25kg primary groups respectively.

The medal haul was wrapped up by Ewan Squire, Oli Bales and Lorna Price, who earned bronze medals in the under 40kg junior, under 50kg junior and under 35 kg primary categories.

Other notable performances came from Thomas Gilder, fifth in the under 35kg juniors, Emily Foster in the under 30 kg primary group for girls, Luke Battensby, fifth in the under 30kg primary category for boys and Emily Foster and Ella Preston, also shared fifth place in the under 30kg primary category for girls.

Head coach Duncan Stewart said: “It takes a lot to step up, particularly for those whose first competitive tournament this was. I’m proud of them all.”

The Parks Judo Club trains at the Parks Sports Centre, North Shields, every Monday and Friday from 6.30pm to 8pm, and at Tyne Boys Club, Mariners Lane, Tynemouth, every Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

All ages are welcome to the Monday and Friday sessions at the Parks, but children players only on Wednesdays.