So Judo is now done for this academic year – we will be back in September with the bunfight and then into action with those members who are back for another year, and lots of new faces. Keep an eye out for Josh and the committee hunting out volunteers to help kick the year off with a bang.
Its been a fun year coaching everyone, and aside from enjoying watching everyone’s judo develop through the year we’ve not had a bad year in competitions. In particular it was great to see a lot of different people representing the club at the Hampshire Team League where we put in consistently good performances at each round and wrapped up the series as clear winners. After a bit of a delay due to the final round (the only one we couldn’t attend) falling in the Easter holiday, we have now received the trophy. Its very shiny and new, and Southampton University will be engraved on it as the first winners of the competition. Next step will be to try and retain the trophy next year! Here it is in all its glory.
Aside from the team effort, we had a number of significant results for individuals during the year.
- Szymon Buchocki put in a great performance to win the Hampshire Closed at U81, making him Hampshire Champion for 2013. On the back of this performance Szymon was invited to join the Hampshire team for the Southern Area Inter Counties Team competition where he won all his contests and as part of the winning senior mens team
- Helen Baranova came back to Judo with a bang and took silver in the U52 Kyu grade category at BUCS
- Dan Spencer put in a very polished performance to take bronze in the U66 Kyu grade category at BUCS
- Will Betts achieved his 1st Dan, including getting carried away and scoring 40 points at the last grading when he only needed 10!
Looking forward to see what we can do next year, there are at least 3 people who need to get their 1st Dan sorted out! Now I get to be selfish and do some judo myself, see you in September.