Youngster Ralph Williams is celebrating a well deserved bronze medal at the British Judo National Open Championships which were held at the Kettering Arena.
The 11-year-old, coached by Roy Smith of Bury Judo Club, weighed in early Sunday morning to compete in a group of 14 juniors in the U42kg category.
Ralph won his first three fights which put him top of his pool, enabling him to move on to the next stage. He was unfortunate in his next fight losing on points to the eventual silver medallist.
Determined to give it his all to win the bronze medal he was pitched against a strong opponent and emerged with a well earned victory.
Ralph has been training at judo for a few years and has always been there to cheer on and congratulate friends and team-mates. It has only been recently that he has started to win the occasional trophy or medal.
His mum Belinda said: “It was a privilege to see all his training come to fruition when he stood on the podium to be awarded the bronze medal.”
Ralph and his twin brother Haydn also had an extremely successful day at the Hertfordshire County Athletics Championships.
The dynamic duo won eight medals between them – two gold, one silver and one bronze each.
Haydn started with a silver medal in javelin, while Ralph earned a bronze medal in the 200m with a PB of 29.41s.
Haydn followed up with bronze in the long jump, but the sprint hurdles was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the day with the twins taking first and second position.
Haydn won gold in 13.59s, just 0.07 faster than Ralph. The result gave both new PBs, securing them as 12th and 13th positions in the UK rankings.
Ralph’s last event was the high jump where he won gold, achieving a new PB of 1.30m in the process.
The club relay saw Ralph and Haydn take the second and third leg, respectively, where their team finished over four seconds ahead of second-placed Herts Phoenix – a fitting ending to a successful day.