Slideshow - City throws Judo party

More than a thousand spectators enjoyed last weekend’s Home International Judo and Ulster Wrestling spectacular held at The Venue 2013.

The North West judoka and wrestlers put on a tremendous show as they welcomed competitors from far and wide. Organiser Jim Toland said the plan is to make the event an annual fixture.

“More than a thousand people turned up and the event went down really well. There were a lot of local medallists as well.

Mr Toland added: “The City of Culture 2013 is all about leaving a lasting legacy and our plan is to call the event the City of Culture judo event and host it annually in the city.”

The event was organised to showcase the talent of those involved in judo and wrestling in the North West.

And, also to highlight the strengthening partnership between the two Olympic grappling sports ahead of the construction of a Centre of Sporting Excellence at St Columb’s Park.

Mr Toland paid tribute to more than 70 volunteers who helped organise and run the event.