Melbourn Judo juniors scoop five medals

PUBLISHED: 14:44 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:44 19 February 2013

From left to right: Callum Ovenstone, Rachel Albone, Ben Dowling, James Buchan and Lucas Blackwell.

From left to right: Callum Ovenstone, Rachel Albone, Ben Dowling, James Buchan and Lucas Blackwell.

FIVE of Melbourn Judo Club’s best eight and nine-year-olds took part in the Littleport age banded competition on Sunday and came home with two golds, a silver and two bronzes medals.

This development event is designed to encourage the very youngest Judo competitors.

Callum Ovenstone and Rachel Albone benefited especially from the age banding, as they would normally have to fight 10 and 11-year-olds. They took full advantage of this and both won gold in their pools.

Ben Dowling fought very well to win two of his three fights and a well-deserved silver medal and Lucas Blackwell also won two fights, but had to settle for bronze in a pool of five.

As a yellow belt, Lucas was in a tougher pool, where he showed some excellent groundwork skills.

James Buchan was one of the smallest boys in the competition and struggled in his pool.

He has loads of potential and will win through in the end because he never gives up.

On the day before, Imogen Ranner won a silver medal at the GB ranking North West age banded event having won gold in the equivalent Midland event two weeks earlier.

She is now widely recognised as one of England’s top pre-cadets for her weight class.


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