Camberley Judo Club, Deer Rock Road, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4EP

Heart of England Championships- 8th & 9th September 2012

At the Heart of England championships Camberley’s senior contingency was made up of the usual suspects: Frazer Chamberlain, Aaron Turner, Lasha Lekishvili and James Martin. In an almost repeat of the Eastern Area the previous month the developing Camberley fighters  fought well and each won a medal again. Frazer and Aaron both went for the clean sweep-they won all contests by the maximum 10 points again and bagged another gold each in the -90kg and -66kg category respectively.


Lasha worked his way through 5 fights, 4 of which he won by maximum points only losing in the final to end up with with silver. To complete the repeat of Eastern Area James Martin had 3 fights and finished with a bronze medal. The gruesome CJC  foursome are becoming  a force to be reckoned with!


A strong showing from Camberley’s Juniors was rewarded with two silvers and a bronze medal at the three star Heart of England Championships, considered by many as the dress-rehearsals for the Nationals.


Both Toby Roberts and Oliver Baldwin competed in the Boys Band B U46kg Category. Toby demonstrated good gripping skills all day and comfortably progressed through to the final.  However, he was caught with a big counter technique in his last fight and had to settle for Silver.  Oli was out-strengthened in his two fights but it’s early days for him at this level and the experience will put him in good stead for the future.


Representing Camberley in the Boys Band C U60kg was James Preston Howes.  James won one of his three fights and definitely has the potential to make an impact and get into the medals with a bit more hard work.


The last of the boys in action was Stuart Brown in the Young Men Band D U73kg.  This is a fiercely competitive group with 31 entrants on the day.  Despite having been out of competition for the last few weeks due to exams and injury there was no evidence of rustiness and his self assured manner, strong gripping and ability to control the fight saw him take Bronze.


Lastly, Sarah Hill was competing in the Young Women Band D U63kg and put in a solid performance with good gripping and movement to come home with a well deserved Silver medal.


Overall it was a good performance by the team with some real signs of improvement.  However there is still plenty of work to be done in the lead up to a busy few weeks of competition.

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