Juniors and senior members of Camberley Judo Club have had a very successful few weeks in March. On the senior elite front Camberley has had four fighters selected for the senior European Championships. The championships will be held in Vienna, Austria from 22nd-25th of April and will feature both an individual and team event. Selected from Camberley are Sophie Johnstone at 52kg, Sam Lowe at 78kg , Karina Bryant at +78kg and Danny Williams at 73 kg. Camberley senior coach Luke Preston will travel with the GBR team as a support coach for the championships. This will be a senior European championships debut for Danny Williams whilst Karina Bryant will be looking to add to her four previous senior European titles! This means Camberley fighters will make up over a quarter of the British Team for this event-a great achievement for the club.
Nathon Burns competed for Great Britain in the televised Brazilian team challenge in Rio Brazil last weekend. The Tournament consisted of national teams from Great Britain, Portugal, France and hosts Brazil. Great Britain were drawn Portugal in the straight semi final and defeated them to move in to the final against Brazil who beat France in the other semi-final. Unfortunately the Brazilians were just too strong on home soil and Nathon and the rest of the British Team settled for the silver medal. The same weekend members of the senior team were also in action at the English Open in Kendal. Tomoko Kumamoto fighting up a weight at 70kg came away with the silver medal and Anna Svensson added to her NHC Open gold with a bronze medal at 63kg. Vince Skillcorn also fighting up a weight at 81kg finished a respectable 5th place.
On the junior front Stuart Brown won his first national title when he became British Schools Champion at 66kg. Stuart won all of his fights by ippon with a blistering display of throws and pins to take the gold medal. Also representing Camberley at the tournament was Louis Manders at 73kg who fought hard but did not make it onto the podium this time.