A very hectic and successful weekend passed by for the Camberley Judo Club Elite team. Kent International, European Veteran Championships and Senior African Championships were all on the same weekend. In total three gold, four silver and six bronze medals returned to Deer Rock Road…
The majority of the Elite players were attending the Kent International at Crystal Palace, London. In the young men category Reece Howard competed in U60kg where he gained Silver, following that George Cullum finished with fifth place in the U73kg. In the U90kg Logan Phillips claimed Gold which was an outstanding performance since he fought up a weight class. Molly Coleville who trains with the Elite team was representing TNJC, she didn’t let the team down on the female side and secured a gold medal in the U52 and a bronze medal in the U57 category to add to the medal collection.
U60 Reece Howard – Silver
U73 George Cullum – Bronze
U90 Logan Phillips – Gold
U52 Molly Coleville – Gold
U57 Molly Coleville – Bronze
Four CJC players were competing at the senior event. In the U60kg Liam Franklin and James Martin U66kg, both claimed silver losing out narrowly in the final. CJC dominated the U81 category with Lee Shinkin and Ben Parker facing each other in the final. Lee showed his experience against his younger opponent and took the Gold whilst Ben had to settle for Silver.
U60 Liam Franklin – Silver
U66 James Martin – Silver
U81 Lee Shinkin – Gold
U81 Ben Parker – Silver
In the yellow belt and under Ellie Kirby won 2 and lost 2 matches in -44kg to secure a well deserved bronze medal! Phoenix Govey Gray also competed in the green belt and under section. Well done to Tom Lichter who won bronze in U55kg in the orange and green belts and had 6 fights, and to Oliver Baldwin who fought in the U55kg blue and brown belts at under 16 years.
On the same weekend, CJC full timer, Szandra Szogedi was competing in the African Championships in Mauritius representing Ghana. Szandra changed weight category and stepped up to compete in the U63kg, where she managed to adjust her judo to the new weight class and claimed bronze at the continental championships.
Szandra started the day facing the number one seed and last years’ winner, Moroccan judoka Rizlen Zouak. A single shido pushed Szandra out of the fight and she had to settle for the repechage where she made a quick come back. Darry Nadjara Khadidja from Chad was the next opponent, Szandra overcome her by Ippon. Still in the repechage, Tunisian, Meriem, Bjaoui was the next up to challenge the CJC elite athlete, Szandra scored Ippon again this time using her ne-waza skills in the form of an armlock. In the bronze medal match, the final hurdle of the day was overcoming the number two seeded Cameroonian judoka, Helene Wezeu Dombeu, it was a tough fight but the CJC judoka persevered until the end and narrowly won by shido in golden score.
Winning the bronze medal earned Szandra 160 qualification points which pushed her through in to the top 35 on the World ranking list, putting her in a strong position in these early stages of Rio Olympic qualification.
The weekend action was not over yet. Daniel Harvey was working his way onto the podium at the European Veteran Championships in Prague.
Daniel started off the day by defeating Rene Taeuscher from Germany. The next opponent was Oleg Khorpiakov from Russia, who proved too strong and overcame Daniel throwing him for Ippon. It wasn’t the end there; Daniel went through to the repechage where he threw French judoka, Nicolas Jubi for Ippon and then overcame Pawel Mis (POL) to move into the bronze medal contest against Guy Garnier (FRA). The CJC veteran didn’t give his opponent a chance and quickly threw for a maximum point ippon score to secure the medal.