CASTERTON Business and Enterprise College have won the inaugural Rutland Area Secondary Schools Judo Competition .
Five schools entered the tournament with Casterton pupils collecting two golds and a bronze medal to win the team title.
Callum Rowley won both his contests in the boys’ lightweight group to claim a gold medal for CBEC.
Joe Etherington took silver for Loughborough’s De Lisle School while John Muir of Oakham’s Catmose College fought tenaciously against two higher graded players to finish with a bronze medal.
Three of the four boys were tied at the end of the heavyweight group, forcing a rematch which was won by Loughborough’s Luke Etherington. Joe Potter of Casterton had to settle for bronze.
Lily Hemsley and Rebecca Wensley, both from Catmose College, battled it out for the lightweight girls’ title, with Lily just beating Rebecca to the gold in her first ever competition, while Alex Cutforth’s three victories won the heavyweight girl’s title for Casterton.
Alex also won one of two Throw of the Day trophies while Spirit of Judo awards went to John Muir and Lily Hemsley.
Louise Newton of the Oakham-based Vale Judo Club was one of the event’s organisers.
Louise said: “Many thanks to all the young officials who ensured the competition ran smoothly; and young referees Alec Newton, Ben Allen and Holly Newton, and table officials Megan Rowley and Charlie Watt.”
l HOT on the heels of the first Rutland Secondary Schools Judo Festival, Vale Judo Club hosted the fourth Rutland Primary Schools Judo Festival last week.
Almost 50 pupils representing 16 schools took part with winners receiving their medals from Kellie Brabham a gold medallist at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens.
Langham Primary School were overall champions for 2011, the fourth school to claim the title in four years.