Local Judo Club Wins Across Competitions
by Wendy Masters, Head Judo Coach
Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club has had a productive year so far with club members and coaches all busy with training and competitions. Our juniors are coming along well and some are now preparing to enter their first competition. They have also had their grading which moved them to the next level of belts, and our older students are also training hard and have graded up a level.
Bridgewater PCYC Judo Club will hold their annual Open Competition on 11 September beginning at 10am at the Bridgewater PCYC and is open to the public with a gold coin donation.
One of our senior girls, Rose Smith, has been preparing for the Australian Judo Championships, which were held on the Gold Coast during the long weekend in June. Rose represented our club and state proudly with some great fighting and won a bronze medal in the senior girls division.
Rose has trained extremely hard with four sessions a week, three in our club and another with coach Michael Griffiths at the Hobart University Dojo. She also competed in all the club and state competitions, winning silver at the Devonport Open and silver at the Tasmanian titles. She also attended the Melbourne International Judo Open in March where she won gold.
Two coaches from our club also attended the National Titles – Wendy Masters in the role of manager and Theresa Smith as Tasmanian referee chairperson and mum of Rose. Over 30 competitors from Tasmania competed at the championships with a good medal result.
We thank our senior coaches Wendy Masters and Theresa Smith along with Tim Masters and Brendan Wagg for their coaching which is all volunteered, and our members and family for their ongoing support and fundraising which helps us get our members and coaches to the competitions.