Bury youngsters show their fighting spirit

Bury Judo Club
Bury Judo Club

A team of 11 Bury Judo Club members came back with a haul of medals from the Welsh National Championships in Hereford.

Between them, the squad took two golds, five silvers and one bronze medal, seeing off competition from judo clubs from across the UK.

The gold medals went to Tristram Randolph, in the boys’ U42kg 12/13-year-olds’ category, and Adam Winchester, in the U66kg youths’ 16/17-year-olds’ group.

The silver medal winners were Ben Atkinson, Jack Bamford, Liam Trill Green, James Hammond-Clay and Beth Curran, while Donovan Allen bagged bronze.

Bury coach William Hammond-Clay said: “The gold medals won by Adam and Tristram were the toughest they have won in some time.

“There were no slouches in their groups and it was very difficult to perform their normal big throwing ippons,

“But they are not national champions by chance and they made sure they were better than the competition.”

Regarding the silver-medallists, William said: “Ben has now stepped up into the older category where the competition is much harder, coming up against grades much higher than his own. This was a super silver medal and shows that he is progressing well.

“Jack faced tough opposition in his group and did well to win a silver, scoring a fantastic ippon in his first fight.

“Liam, James and Beth all did well in their groups, only losing in the final – they all know they have it in them to win gold and will be aiming higher next time.

“Donovan is new to the higher level of competing, but this is the second bronze he has won at a national event and it’s clear he will be scoring higher in the future.

“Well done as well to Jayden Duberry, Ralph Williams and Haydn Williams who also took part.”