Both the junior and senior members of Camberley Judo Club had a great weekend’s judo results. Camberley returned from the age banded British Championships in Sheffield with two gold’s and two bronze medals and some excellent performances.
The two youngest members of the team got the club off to a great start. Jess Black returning from injury in the under 63 cadet division reached the semi-finals after two strong wins. She lost a close match and was unfortunately also beaten in her bronze medal match and so finished with a respectable 5th place. Stuart Brown, in the pre-cadet under 60kg division, was competing in his first national championships. He produced a solid performance with a record of two wins and two losses. In the junior age group Camberley really reached the heights. Josh Butler at under 90kg won his first national title. He dominated the field all day and was never troubled with five successive wins. Tom Williams (Ford) at under 81kg took his third national title. He produced some of the throws of the tournament to take the gold in fine style. In the under 73kg division Camberley won two bronze medals. Danny Finney and Frazer Chamberlain (Tonbridge) showed guts and determination all day to finish on the podium in one of the largest groups. Both won four fights and lost only one match and produced some great wins. Sam Hughes in the under55kg division finished a respectable 7th with three good wins on the day from both throws and arm locks. Robyn Irwin produced a huge throw and a pin in successive fights to reach the quarter final. She lost an extremely tight match and would progress no further on the day.
The same weekend senior members of the club were representing Great Britain at a team tournament in France. Sophie Johnstone and Sam Lowe were competing in the women’s GBR team that took the team gold medal. Both women won all their fights by the maximum points. Danny Williams was competing in the men’s GBR team that won the bronze medal. He was only beaten once all day in five matches whilst fighting up a weight division due to a team mate’s injury. All in all a great weekend for the club!