By WENDY MASTERS*
THIS year has been a busy one for Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club. We have a large increase in numbers which now means we run three classes on Monday nights. Beginners 1 is for our new little ones five years to seven or eight years, followed by beginners 2 for our eight-year-olds to 11 to 12-years-old followed by our intermediate class. Our Thursday night is also running for older Judoka.
Two of our members, Zack Moody from Gagebrook and Joshua Smith from Bridgewater have been training hard at club level and state level and attending every required training session for selection into the Tasmanian Judo team competing on the Gold Coast over the June long weekend.
We have had two competitions so far this year with both being held at Devonport Judo Club. The first competition was the Devonport Open Judo Competition held last month. We had 10 members compete and they did not disappoint! We managed the tidy sum of nine medals four gold, three silver, three bronze all of which was a fantastic effort.
The Tasmanian Judo Championships were held on April 23 in Devonport, and is the decider for selection along with other compulsory requirements. We had nine entries from our club to compete at the State titles and once again we managed to bring home five gold and two silver, with some great completion from our students. The state team was also announced and Joshua Smith is now once again part of the Tasmanian team. Unfortunately, due to a previous injury, Zack Moody has withdrawn from competition and selection and will not compete at the national titles. It is a great loss as both Zack and Josh have earned their place on the team, but we wish Zack a speedy recovery and Joshua all the best at the national titles.
*Wendy Masters is senior coach of the Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club.