Young players bring home the medals for Vale Judo

James Reseigh wins judo gold in the U18s U42kg category at the Midland Area Age Bands Competition EMN-160302-124139001
James Reseigh wins judo gold in the U18s U42kg category at the Midland Area Age Bands Competition EMN-160302-124139001

Vale Judo competitors achieved some great results at two recent competitions.

It started well, with Amy Riddlesdell representing Oakham School at the IAPS Judo Congress for Girls. Four confident wins for ippon (maximum score) secured Amy the gold medal in the U12s, U48kg competition.

Amy is a yellow-belt sixth mon, who has been practising judo for three years. She won her first gold medal of the season at the British Schools Regional Championships in Nottingham, where her winning performance secured her a place at the National Finals in April.

Amy said she was thrilled to receive her two gold medals, and is now looking ahead to the National Finals

Vale Judo’s older squad players were attending the Midland Area Age Bands Competition at Walsall, the first ranking tournament of the year.

James Reseigh performed well, winning all four contests to take the Cadets (U18s) gold at U42kg, a result which should see him rise to second in the GB ranking lists.

Silver medals were gained by Mary Tomblin in the Pre-Cadets (U15’s) U44kg and Emma Philip in the Juniors (U21’s) U57kg competitions, while promising performances by Sofia Palmer and Ryan Doyle were not enough to see them through to the medals.

Vale Judo is now the biggest judo club located in the East Midlands and has its main dojo at Oakham Enterprise Park near Oakham and several satellite clubs located all within 45 minutes car journey. The club has over 220 members comprising juniors and seniors, girls and boys.