Destined form first judo club

The Destined Judo Team being presented with their Blue belts by Terry Watts. Included from left Kerri Mooney, Roisin Doherty, Kieran Meenan, Brian Quigg, Conor O'Donnell, Leo Gallagher, Daniel Donnelly and David Walker.

The Destined Judo Team being presented with their Blue belts by Terry Watts. Included from left Kerri Mooney, Roisin Doherty, Kieran Meenan, Brian Quigg, Conor O'Donnell, Leo Gallagher, Daniel Donnelly and David Walker.

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The first ever judo club for adults with learning disabilities has been set-up by Derry based charity, Destined.

It’s the first club of its kind in the North of Ireland and recently all of the members completed the criteria for their blue belt status.

The group will now go on and work towards attaining their brown belts and then to finally move onto black belt. Speaking after the qualifications Destined Manager, Dermot O’Hara, praised the group for their hard work and said he was impressed with their focus and determination.

“Once again our young people have broken all the barriers to participation. The commitment of our members to the judo club is amazing and it is a rare occasion that they miss their weekly training sessions.

“When Destined became partners with Jim Toland and the North West Sporting Academy a number of years ago to deliver self-defence classes for our female members little did we think that we would have eight people achieving blue belt status and it is a testament to their hard work and commitment.”

The group has participated in a number of competitions throughout Ireland and Scotland including the Irish International Open and just recently the North West Open winning a range of gold, silver and bronze medals.

“I am so proud of what the group has achieved and like I said it proves what can be done when they put their minds to it.

“The group enjoy the training sessions and I hope 2015 will be successful for them,” he added