Judo giants hold masterclass for club

Colin Oates giving a demonstration at Horncastle Judo Club on Saturday EMN-140922-144138001
Colin Oates giving a demonstration at Horncastle Judo Club on Saturday EMN-140922-144138001

Commonwealth Gold Medallists Colin Oates and Dekoda Davis popped into town to give a judo master class to youngsters at Horncastle Judo Club.

The pair gave tips, hints and taught skills to suit all levels whether beginners or more advanced.

The club’s head coach T.J Jacklin said it was an honour to have world class athletes visiting the club to teach youngsters.

He said :”Colin Oates was on holiday so he gave up his spare time to come and see us. They both stayed overnight and we went out in Horncastle and then they gave the classes between 10am and 4pm the next day.

“Colin has been before and is already a fan of Horncastle but they both loved the town, its people and the visit is good for the community.”

Colin has been competing in the sport since the age of eight and took part in the Olympics in 2012. He has more than 22 years’ experience and expertise in Judo.

He said: “It’s been a long road for me to get this far and the journey will continue on towards Rio 2016 after successfully placing seventh in London.”

Nekoda Davis is an aspiring 2016 Olympian based full-time at the British Judo Centre of Excellence.

She has been awarded female Junior Player of the Year and is now training full time at the Centre of Excellence in Walsall. This year Nekoda has grabbed gold medals at both the European Cup in London and the Commonwealth Games, as well as a bronze 
at the European Open in Madrid.

Horncastle Youth Club is run entirely by volunteers who bring youngsters up to competition standard from beginners to 
the more advanced.

The club’s 10–11 year olds are 
due to take part in the 
Junior British Championships in Kidderminster in 
October.