Vale Judo Club in Oakham hosted the first ever Welland Invitational Judo Championship recently.
The competition was designed to encourage young judoka to test their skills against other players from the East Midlands with entrants from Lincoln, Horncastle, Long Eaton, Cherry Willingham and Kettering judo clubs as well as 24 youngsters from Vale.
Competition was fierce with great encouragement from supporters and honours were evenly distributed between the clubs.
Medal winners for Vale included Gold: Lexie Mowat, Mary Tomblin, Holly Woolman-Lane, Ella Warwick, Jorge Cole-Wallace, Jimmy Drury, Luke Wadding. Silver: Shannon Sage, Abby Rowley, Mary Tomblin, Hugo Ayton, George Watt, Thomas Carnell, Harry Ayton, Sam Conboy. Bronze: Georgie Carnell, Antonia Neal, Lizzie Potter, Jack Cutforth, Finn Simpson, Henry Palmer, Izaak Cole-Wallace, Ryan Doyle, Ryan Shephard, Morgan Kilburn.
The Pierre Barnes Memorial Trophy for Fighting Spirit, in memory of the 12-year-old who was a member of the club and died last year, was awarded to Mary Tomblin.
Vale chairman Richard Allen said: “The coaches at Vale remember Pierre as a tough little fighter, who never gave in. It was a pleasure to give this award to Mary, who gave such a determined performance today.”
The Welland Invitational was the first in a series of competitions to be held in the region this year with points at stake in the newly formed East Midlands Judo League.
After the first round, the Rutland club are in second place just behind Lincoln Judo Academy.