Judo seniors follow in youngsters’ footsteps

Judo Club Seniors EMN-140414-104419001
Judo Club Seniors EMN-140414-104419001

Not to be outdone by their junior counterparts, senior members of Horncastle’s Judo Club enjoyed success at the Nottinghamshire Open.

Eight members took on the Midlands’ best and each of them returned with a medal.

Head coach Tony ‘TJ’ Jacklin said: “If the youngsters can do it then why not the seniors?

“With a wide-range of age groups in the seniors this is a brilliant thing for Horncastle.”

Andrew Brooman went up first and came back with a Bronze in his first competition, as did debutantes Liam Kidd, who won bronze, and Josh Hicks, who took a silver medal. Mark Taff Williams and Vicky Palmer also both took bronze medals.

The club had two gold medal winners, one of which was Natalie Birkett, who took top spot in her own weight group and then won a bronze medal in a combined group higher than the usual weight.

Despite an over-extended arm Michelle Birkett came back with a bronze medal and Iliyana Edwards, who fought last, came back with a gold medal.

“This will only inspire our juniors,” TJ continued. “Not just to win, but to continually take part in what we do. The feeling in the club is awesome.

“I am so very proud of all the people who attend, players and volunteers alike, and I am humbled by their efforts.

“If this continues our medals cabinet will have to be the size of the centre we train in.”

For more information on the club visit www.horncastleyouthcentre.co.uk.