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Bishop's Stortford Judokwai enjoy judo success in multiple competitions


By Michael Vaughton


Bishop’s Stortford Judokwai claimed four medals and saw two champions crowned in the British Schools Judo Championships.

More than 750 children took part in the premium event in Sheffield, including a squad of nine from the Birchwood High School-based club.

In Years 6-7, Eliza Sedgbeer, who attends Birchwood, struck gold in the under-40kg category and Kacey Barnett, who goes to Leventhorpe in Sawbridgeworth, got bronze in the over-57kg group.

Lenny Pink won gold in the under-50kg category in the Years 10-11 section, with Birchwood pupil Sam Eaton getting an under-55kg silver.

Henry Eaton, who also attends Birchwood, came fifth in the Years 12-13 under-66kg event. And Birchwood finished joint-third in the competition with 17 points.

The club’s youngest players picked up 14 medals in the London Area Development Event.

It was the first major competition for several of the players at the University of East London Sports Dock.

Red belts, under-12: Gold - Teddy Tancock, Rudy Green; silver - Jared Foote, Joshua Tilley, Michael Viknius; bronze - Eva Tilley, Chloe Allen, Sadie France, Eli Agathangelou, Thomas White. Yellow belts, under-12: Gold - Hannah King; silver - Darcy Green; bronze - Robert Ellard. Green and blue belts, +14: Silver - Jamie King.

There were fine performances and gold medals for Zack Morrison and Caitlin Head in the Scottish Cadet Open.

Morrison struck gold again along with Simone Cross in the under-21 section in the English Senior and Junior Open. Head took bronze and Sam Eaton came fifth in Thetford.

And the club hosted an under-eight festival for youngsters from different clubs.

Stortford under-eight competitors: Alexandra Lines, Caitlin Gair, Charlotte Robinson, Hannah Nunn, Summer Cautley-Wallace, Alexandru Ions, Dylan Grover, Ibrahim Evloev, Jake Barr, Lewis Cotton, Thomas Heald, William Binks.



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