By ANDREW DEAN
BRIDGEWATER PCYC Judo Club has had a busy first half of the year with training and competitions, our first competition for the year was Devonport Open with our club coming home with two gold, seven silver and one bronze followed by the Tasmanian titles held in Ulverstone which saw us bring home three gold, two silver and three bronze — a fantastic effort!
State training had three members training for selection to the state team to compete in the Australian Judo Championships in Wollongong last month. They were Zack Moody, 14, of Gagebrook, Joshua Smith, 13, of Bridgewater and Kaleb Page-Masters, 10, of Granton (who unfortunately had to pull out because of a severe finger injury).
State titles confirmed both Zack and Joshua were accepted into the State team to represent their state.
On June 5 both boys travelled to Wollongong along with club coaches and parents to join the team, the Australian Championships had more than 800 competitors from around Australia this year.
Zack, who won bronze last year, fought early last month in his new division of cadets 14-17 years, he fought extremely well against some older and experienced fighters but unfortunately missed out on a medal this year.
Later in the month, Joshua competed in the division of senior boys and won his first second and third fight easily with some great Judo. He lost his fourth which put him into the bronze medal fight and he won it with some great Judo, a fantastic effort for our small club.
Tasmania earned four medals, in all, with Bridgewater PCYC Judo winning one. The Tasmanian team fought well and we particularly thank coaches for their work especially Tim for the extra training with the boys. Everyone had a well-earned rest afterwards with the boys enjoying the warm weather and the beach.
The training and fundraising to get members to nationals will begin again very soon and hopefully will have a couple more members competing next year.
On September 13, Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club will hold its open competition at the PCYC which is also open to the public. No doubt they will have some great Judo to watch.