The North West Regional Judo squad - supported by Derry City Council and Sport NI - achieved outstanding success at the recent Kent International Judo Tournament in Crystal Palace.
Local hopes were pinned on current British Championship bronze medallist and Derry City Council Junior Sportswoman of the year, Kirstie Strouts-McCallion alongside Jamie McFadden, a consistent medal winner for the NI squad and neither disappointed. Kirstie was in upbeatable form, winning gold with four straight ‘ippons’ (maximum score). Jamie, although in a tough group, still managed to come out of the pool stages and take home a well deserved bronze in his weight category.
Continuing the medal winning streak for the squad, Samurai judo club players had a phenomenol day, adding to the medal tally with another gold from Oisin McLaughlin, and a bronze for Chloe Moir, on her first trip away with the squad. The medals just kept on coming with several excellent bronze medals from Victoria Colhoun, Callum Nash, Samantha Weir, Conal Doogan and Ethan O’Kane.
On Day two, our two Juniors, All Ireland Champions, Michael McCay and Kathleen McNaught took to the mat and both won several contests to secure two further bronze medals to bring the overall medal tally to two Gold and nine Bronze.
This was a terrific result for the squad’s first trip to the British competition and bodes well for the next International event in Derry in a few weeks time.