Calderdale club claims major honours at County Championships

Local club Judo Excellence had its best performance to date when 22 of its 27-strong squad scored a medal at the West Yorkshire Championship.

The team comprised of some experienced players but many were new to competition and did their club proud.

The under 12s started the day in fine form. Both the U27kg and U30kg categories saw all Judo Excellence finalists. Asher Andrews-Parry just lost out to Herbie May in the U27s to win silver, and in a nail biter Sam Colbert won gold over his team mate Kyran Lewis.

Zac Mawby picked up a bronze in the U27s in his first ever competition and Thomas Higgins won bronze in the U30kgs.

In the U34s Benedict Freeman was pipped in the final to take silver with Billy Mason winning bronze.

The U12 girls competition was running alongside and Isobel Kitchen fought hard to win silver.

Then it was the turn of those in the heavier under 12 categories. Winning all their fights to take golds were Oliver Booth in the O46kg and Bradley Snowdon in the U42kg category.

Fighting for the first time ever, and picking up silvers, were Jo Barrett and Lewis Walters. Bronze medals winners were Abakuse Kaimacuata (U46kg) and Tom Sugden and Nathan Tommis (U60kg).

Then it was the turn of the older players to take to the mat. Brother and sister combo Josh and Lucy Jackson did the team proud when they both took gold in their respective weight categories.

Max Wilding, U73kg, was pitted against teammate Josh and came back with bronze. Also taking gold was U90kg Ben Parker with Payton Harris winning bronze in the U66kg category.