A golden day as Rushjudo’s Lewis wins international competition

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Rushjudo took a group of 10 children to an international event in Antwerp, Belguim and returned home with an impressive medal haul.

The Antwerp Ippon Tournament attracted more than 400 competitors from Belguim, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain and it was Rushjudo’s first appearance at the event.

Rushjudo youngster Lewis Fryer won gold in his age group at the Antwerp Ippon Tournament

Rushjudo youngster Lewis Fryer won gold in his age group at the Antwerp Ippon Tournament

It was a big step up in class for the junior fighters but they were not fazed and put in an impressive display

The pick of the Rushjudo fighters was the youngest representative Lewis Fryer, 9, who blitzed his way through his group to claim gold – winning each of his bouts with ease.

There were also impressive performances from Megan Maddison and Gergo Berendi who fought in tough groups, coming away with silver medals.

On top of this, there were well-earned bronze medals for Tom Brent, Marcel Berendi, Sam Collins, Josh Maddison, Lewis Lavin, Tom Woodage and Abi Wicks.

Rushjudo head coach Laurie Rush said: “This was an amazing trip and hopefully the first of many foreign travels for our young fighters.”

Rushjudo train on Tuesdays and Fridays at Northchurch Social Centre. Details are available at www.rushjudo.co.uk