Medal success at national championships

Members of Battlehill Judo Club who took part in the Amateur Judo Association's Junior & Senior Championship.
Members of Battlehill Judo Club who took part in the Amateur Judo Association's Junior & Senior Championship.

Students from Battlehill Judo Club took a 400-mile round trip to attend the Amateur Judo Association’s Junior and Senior Championships in Leicester.

The championship was very well attended with more than 200 competitors in attendance from Amateur Judo Association (AJA), British Judo Council (BJC) and British Judo Association (NJA) clubs.

A total of 16 students from Battlehill took part, winning five gold medals, four silver medals and five bronze medals.

Six-year-old Shaylin Burn gave a brave performance in the u25kg event, whilst her brother Sean Young had four straight wins and was defeated in the final to take the silver in the u35kg group. Murray Cairns, also in the same group, showed some good judo but narrowly missed the final stages.

Daniel Dizyee and Kieran Jackson were both in a group of more than 30 in the boys u30kg event, both demonstrated great skill to win silver and bronze respectively.

Joe Flaherty was the smallest and youngest in a group of ten in the u40kg category, but that did not prevent him from winning two from four contests to take the bronze award.

Kieran Hardaker was undefeated in the novice boys over 50kg to secure the gold, whilst Harvey Cairns took a bronze in the u45kg.

Chloe Harris won three from four contests to win a silver in a large group of u40kg girls whilst her motherCheryl Harris won all three fights in her first ever competition to take the gold medal.

Jack Ross, 15, and Kieran Tweedy competed in the under 57kg amd over 57kg groups respectively, each with tough groups but both winning three contests to secure two more gold medals for the club.

Jack also entered the senior mens category and after another four contests against experienced players he gained a bronze.

Leah Anastasi took bronze in a tough group of senior ladies. Mohammad Barootkobian, Simon Mckenzie and John Stone had seven wins between them to win gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the over 90kg category.

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