Club earns numerous medals at judo event

Members of Battle Hill Judo Club who took part in the North East Open Judo championship.
Members of Battle Hill Judo Club who took part in the North East Open Judo championship.

More than 100 competitors took part in the North East Open Judo championship, held at Westgate Centre for Sport in Newcastle.

And among them were 19 members of Battlehill Judo Club, in Wallsend.

In the under 10 years Primary events, Shaylin Burn won a Silver in u22kg category, siblings Owen and Reece Hardaker took runner up and bronze awards in the u28 and u32 categories respectively.

Ian McMorine gained a bronze award in the u36kg event, and Ben Smith runner up in the boys u32kg.

Joseph Robertson and Joe Flaherty were both undefeated in their pools, and met in the final of the o36kg group, Joseph winning the gold and Joe the silver. Jenny Francis won three from three contests to secure the gold in the u25kg category.

Over 10 years and under 16 years saw Kieran Jackson giving away 5kg to compete in u35kg event with team mate Shaun Young and gave a good performance, both receiving runner up awards. Chloe Harris took runner up in the u40kg group, whilst Kyle Flannery secured a bronze in the u55kg.

Ellie Hutton lost in the final of the u35kg category and gained a silver.

Jack Ross and Kieran Hardaker entered the boys o60kg event. Kieran, fighting players with far greater experience, was not deterred and gave a fine performance, whilst Jack was clinical in winning four from four contests with Ippon (maximum points) to claim the gold medal.

Seniors Will Heavens and Simon Carter were in a pool of eight players in the u81kg section. Both team mates won four contests, Simon was able to reach the final where he was narrowly defeated to return with Silver. Lea Anastasi secured fourth place in the senior ladies u73kg group.

Chris Sayers, representing Seghill Judo Club, was runner up in the junior boys u40kg category.

For more information on the club contact Malcolm Young on 07803 745184 or email