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2014, May, Ippon Trophy Antwerp

St Albans Judo Club Squad Scoop Medal in Antwerp!

This weekend (May 17th and 18th) St Albans Judo Club was delighted to send 6 of its players to Antwerp for the Ippon Trophy event after they were selected by the BJC to be a part of the competition squad for 2014. The Ippon Trophy is a very prestigious European Ranking event which sees competitors from 20 countries attending, many of whom send their national squad players for ranking.

In order to be selected these young judoka had to have won either a gold or silver medal at the last two national tournaments and to have attended the British Judo Council Squad training on a regular basis for the last year.

The St Albans Judo Club competitors were: Paige Rowlett, Emily Niven, Victoria Cleevely,  Jessie Edwards, Tom Lish and Paddy Lish.

In total 21 team members headed off for Antwerp in the early hours of Friday morning, and arriving just in time for the older ladies group weigh in at Sporthal Bloso Netepark. This huge venue hosted an event where 8 mats were in operation at any one time, and it ran like clockwork.

Tori and Paige fought in the 15-18yr categories for their weight groups on Saturday, and after valiant efforts each secured themselves 5th place having made it through the pools to the finals. Jessie was also in the 15-18yr category, unfortunately she did not make it through to the finals but was very pleased with all she learned from the experience.

On Sunday, our younger competitors entered the 12-15yr categories. Paddy and Emily both fought very hard in extremely tough pools and their coaches were very proud of them despite not reaching the final pools.

Tom made it through the pools of his weight group to reach the finals with a life times best performance, fighting off for a very well and hard-earned bronze medal for the British Team.

All six of these young judoka were fantastic ambassadors for their club on the international stage for Judo, and for their country. We are extremely proud of all of them for their great performances!

Huge thanks to the BJC for allowing talented judoka to enjoy this opportunity, and also to the coaches who gave up their time to support the players, including our own Bob Cleevely.

Many thanks to Claire Lish for providing this write-up.