Miki stars to take double Judo gold

Judo club medal winners EMN-140324-133300001
Judo club medal winners EMN-140324-133300001
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After being told she was 
unable to compete in the British School Judo Competition because of her age Miki Edwards was determined to prove a point at another 
national competition.

At just the age of nine, Miki made the eight-hour round trip to compete in the Welsh Open and came away with two gold medals.

She was put in the competition against pre-British cadets in the under-48kg classification and she blitzed the 
opposition to take her first medal.

She was then asked if she would like to enter the British cadet section against fighters already in the British squad.

Not only did she make the final once again, but Miki picked up her second gold medal.

Head coach at Horncastle Judo club Trevor ‘TJ’ Jacklin said: “We are so very proud of Miki to travel so far and perform so well.

“This is our plan to enter certain competitions for experience and we are now way ahead of schedule.

“All I want now for Miki and others is the letter to drop on their doormat from the British Judo Association to train with the squad.”

At the British School Judo Competition the week before, the club also came away with three medals.

Polly Scarbro and Charlotte Johnstone each won bronze in the juniors section and Natalie Birkett came away with a bronze in the senior division.

TJ added: “In preparation for Rio 2016, this was the biggest weekend of the new Olympic cycle in the British Judo Calendar.

“Our judokas were in the mix fighting our elite British players.

“Our standard was amazing and to be there surrounded by such a high standard of Olympians and players is inspiring.

“I’m very proud of where we are this moment, and it gives us a firm footing for the future.

“The people of Horncastle and Lincolnshire should be proud of the players from this county.

“Thanks go to all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers - without them none of this would be possible.”