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2014, Nov, Den Helder Open

St Albans Judo Players Triumph with British Judo Council National Squad at Den Helder Open!

This weekend saw seven Judoka from St Albans Judo Club join the British Team competing at the Den Helder International in Holland.  In order to be selected by the British Judo Council these young Judo players have to have won National Medals and attended a required number of squad training sessions in the year.

Chloe Alvis, Tori Cleevely, Jessie Edwards, Paddy Lish, Thomas Lish, Connor Nash, and Paige Rowlatt were all selected from St Albans Judo Club to represent their country at this very prestigious international competition.  They joined a team of 28 of the very best young competitors in the country.

Chloe missed out on a medal on the first day but the opportunity to join the senior ladies category on the Sunday of the competition saw her scoop a well-earned Silver.   Tori just missed out on a medal after some tough bouts with competitors who were as much as 20 kilos heavier than her. Jessie went on to claim a Silver, her first International medal!  Paddy was in a category of 24 fighters so sadly his two wins were not enough to make the finals but his coaches were very impressed with the performance of a life time.  Tom went into the overs category and seized third place bronze, his second International medal in less than 6 months.  Connor also scooped his first international medal with a hard fought bronze after his coaches declared he fought at the highest standard they have seen.  Sadly Paige was injured during a fight she was winning, but the organisers did present her with a bravery award after she continued the fight in spite of what was later found to be two broken bones in her arm.

St Albans Judo Club parents and coaches who travelled with the competitors declared this to be an outstanding competition, and the organisation of the British Judo Council in facilitating the trip was second to none.  Our hosts in Holland were extremely welcoming and the standard of judo was exceptional.

This was an incredible opportunity for outstanding St Albans athletes to represent their country, and the club is extremely proud of every single performance.  These young judo players should be very proud of how they conducted themselves as ambassadors for their club, their governing body and their country.

St Albans Judo Club runs sessions five nights per week and welcomes new members of all ages and experiences - come on down and give it a throw!

Written by Claire Lish.