Judo medals come back to Garioch

British Medallists Olivia Reid, Murray Wood and Stuart McWatt
British Medallists Olivia Reid, Murray Wood and Stuart McWatt
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OVER the last two weekends Stuart McWatts Garioch Judo group had nine youth and one adult member participating in the rescheduled British Judo Championships at Sheffield which has traditionally been staged in Autumn.

The expanding club picked up two silvers and a bronze and all the youngsters did well in their Under 16 competitions over the two days. On Saturday (January 12) Olivia Reid improved on her Bronze at the 2012 Championships by taking the Pre Cadet Girls Under36Kg Silver Medal while Stuart McWatt current British Champion had to settle for a Bronze medal in the Cadet Under 66Kg this time out.

James Littler and Fergus Macfarlane also had wins in their fights without medalling. Norin Adrif also fought well gaining valuable experience in a long hard day which finished at 8pm.

On Sunday (January 13), Murray Wood also improved on his 2012 British Bronze by gaining Silver in the Pre Cadet Boys Under 38Kg category. Lewis Mark, Morgan Macdonald and Shannon Reid all fought well and won matches but none made it to the podium.

Last weekend saw the Junior Men and Women’s competition at the same venue with 15 year old black belt Stuart McWatt back in action against under 20’s and picking up another bronze medal. Helen Forbes rounded the weekend off superbly for Garioch by improving on her 2012 Bronze medal to win Gold in the under 52 Kg Women’s event and making her the British Champion .

Head Coach Stuart McWatt said, “I’m delighted for all our squad who continue to show tremendous commitment and dedication to the sport and I can see improvements which are borne out by the results in Sheffield.

“They have had to compete in a second British Championship in less than five months which is not ideal but they have performed at the highest level.”

He added, “We have around 20 adults, 20 youths and 60 children being coached in Inverurie and Oldmeldrum and we have recently expanded to two more bases in Alford and Mintlaw. I’m hoping that we can capitalise on the success of our current members and bring Judo to some new recruits”.