On Sunday October 18th 2015, the team headed up to Eastleigh to compete in the Hampshire Open Judo competition. This level 3 event was open to all and our small team of five players walked away with 4 of the medals on offer.
Great performances were put in by Aleks, Sean, Gary, Sergio and Victor (left to right in photo). What is particularly impressive is that with the exception of Gary, this was the first Judo competition that the team has competed in. So bringing home medals is even more impressive considering the opposition included the 2012 Commonwealth Champion and a current Senior National Squad member (ranked 162nd internationally).
The performances are good indicators for success in the upcoming London Universities Competition (November) and Hampshire Team Championships (December) at which we hope to send full teams.
The icing on the cake was that the team members were awarded free entry at the next Hampshire Judo event by the organisers due to our team staying until the end and helping put the competition mats away and helping tidy up after the competition.
Congratulations to all the team for great performances, a terrific medal haul and for representing the club well and gaining the recognition of the county committee for your true Judo spirit.
More photos from the event are posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ssujudo/