Marvellous medals haul for Vale youngsters at nationals

Recent competitors from Vale Judo Club. Back row, from left: James Reseigh, Daniel Bennett, Sofia Palmer, Emma Philip, Callum Rowley, Megan Rowley, front,  Ryan Shepherd, Holly Woolman-lane, Antonia Neal, Ben Buckby
Recent competitors from Vale Judo Club. Back row, from left: James Reseigh, Daniel Bennett, Sofia Palmer, Emma Philip, Callum Rowley, Megan Rowley, front, Ryan Shepherd, Holly Woolman-lane, Antonia Neal, Ben Buckby
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Vale Judo Club is celebrating another round of outstanding competition results with gold, silver and bronze medals for its young members.

Among the highlights was a six-medal haul at the BJC Welsh Junior Nationals where the club won two golds, three silver and a bronze medal.

Ben Buckby and Sofia Palmer both won gold and 11-year-old Sofia from Uppingham said she was surprised and delighted by her success.

Sofia, who won three straight fights to take top spot, said: “I did not expect it. This is my first gold for quite a long time so I’m quite proud.

“I went to the Welsh Nationals before but this time it seemed easier.”

Sofia and the other members of her team train regularly at the Oakham club with training sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Sofia, who competes in the 10-11 under48kg category added: “Sometimes we have an academy which is done to build up strength and technique.

“Now I’m planning to go with the group to Sweden to compete.”

Other Vale medal winners were Callum Rowley, Megan Rowley and James Resigh, who all returned with silver medals, and Daniel Bennett who won bronze. Andrew Bennett also put in a sterling performance but missed out on a medal this time round.

At the BJA Welsh Age Banded Championships, Daniel Bennett took gold in the pre-cadet over66kg competition. Sofia fought well in her first pre-cadet ranking contest.

There was more success for the club at the Nottinghamshire Mini Mon in September.

In the girls u36kg group, Bryony Cutforth took silver, and Holly Woolman-Lane and Lizzie Potter took bronzes. Antonia Neal and Evie McLeod were runners-up in fifth and sixth places.

Ryan Sheppard and Edward Woolman-Lane put in strong performances in a strong U34kg boys group with Ryan taking gold. In the U30kg group, Ryan Doyle and George Cole-Wallace dug deep to win bronze and gold medals.