International tournament throws spotlight on city

Kirstie Strouts-McCallion and Jamie McFadden from the North West Judo Academy ready for action in this weekends Home International Judo and Ulster Wrestling events which will take place in The Venue. (DER3013PG020)

Kirstie Strouts-McCallion and Jamie McFadden from the North West Judo Academy ready for action in this weekends Home International Judo and Ulster Wrestling events which will take place in The Venue. (DER3013PG020)

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Around 1,000 competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators will descend on The Venue for this weekend’s Home International Judo and Ulster Wrestling spectacular.

This Saturday and Sunday‘s City of Culture tournament promises to exhilarate as judo experts line up to challenge each other for the bespoke medals.

Jim Toland, from Western Region Judo Club - which organised the event supported by The Culture Company and the Northern Ireland Wrestling Association - said: “The event highlights the strengthening partnership between two key Olympic grappling sports leading to the opening of the new Centre of Sporting Excellence at St Columb’s Park.” Current British masters Champions Gavin Abel and Bernard Sheerin, London open medallists Kirstie Strouts Mc Callion and Jamie Mc Fadden will be leading the local judo hopes along with many Irish champions and Northern Ireland squad members, chasing selection for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Local wrestling hopes are pinned on Irish medallists Ben Pollin, Matthew Mc Crossan and Hugh Mc Closkey.