Vale Judo star Mary is British champion

Mary Tomblin EMN-141028-121344001
Mary Tomblin EMN-141028-121344001
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A young Vale Judo competitor has capped some outstanding performances from the club’s athletes by becoming British champion.

On Sunday, October 19, Mary Tomblin was one of four competitors from the Rutland club to compete at the British Judo National 10 and 11 Year Old Championships held in Kidderminster.

This event attracts the next generation of competitors from clubs located throughout the home countries and a high standard of competitive judo was on display

Tomblin competing in the u36kg category fought hard in her group winning four of her contests with a maximum score to take the gold medal and become u12s British Judo National Champion for 2014.

At the same competition Henry Palmer competed at u38kg, and Ryan Doyle and Jaye Middleton competed at u42kg.

Palmer and Middleton fought hard in their categories, with more than 25 competitors in each, but did not make it through to the knockout stages.

Doyle won his first stage group and ended up taking a fifth place, just outside the medals, in the boys’ u42kg category.

On October 10, seven club members travelled to Gateshead to compete in the Great Northern Championships – this was a ranking event for cadets and seniors.

First to fight were Holly Newton and Emma Philip who competed in the girls u63kg and u52kg categories.

Both girls fought hard against highly ranked competitors and both performed well to win bronze medals and valuable ranking points.

Daniel Bennett had some equally tough contests in the u73kg boys category and was unlucky not to progress to the medal fight off stages.

In the pre-cadet group, Sofia Palmer fought at u63kg, James Reseigh at u38kg and Luke Wadding at u60kg with all competitors fighting well to win gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Last up was Rob Braint, fresh from medalling in the RAF Championships. Rob fought in the over 100 kg category to take a fifth place in a hard fought group.

On the following day, Zoe Richards who trains at Vale Judo classes in Grantham and Oakham, competed in her first tournament at the Red Belt Rumble in Nottingham. Richards had four contests and won each by the maximum score of ippon to take the gold medal in her category.

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