November 20 2022
Nineteen of SR Judo Club’s more experienced players attended one of the biggest events on the Judo calendar last week, returning with a total of thirteen medals from the BJC British Nationals.
Jenson Crutchley was the first SR player to compete, in the primary U24kg, getting the day off to a great start with a silver. Elsewhere in the primary category, Stanley Wright and Theo Painter took the third and fourth places respectively in the U27kg, bringing home the bronze medals. SR also had two of their players competing in the U30kg, but both Henry Neville and Harry Waterfield were unfortunate to return without a medal in a tough group. In the U34kg, Ricco Crowie-McGrath showed some superb technical judo to return with the British title and a gold medal. George Wright fought brilliant in the U34kg, matching his brother’s earlier achievement and taking the bronze medal. Darcey Chamberlain represented SR in the U32kg and returned with a bronze medal.
In the juniors, Phoebe Waterfield took a bronze medal in the U32kg, Fabian Crowie-McGrath was unlucky to not take a medal in the boys U34kg and in the girls U40kg, Sophie Napier and Lyla Painter also both missed out on medals. Curtis Thompson, fighting in the U46kg for the first time, took a silver medal, displaying some great technique. In the girls U61kg, Almirah Edwards won a bronze medal for SR and club captain Ruby Gimson took a hard-earned silver in the U65kg. Unfortunately Will Neville was unable to take a medal in the U66kg and Poppy Murphy took a deserved silver medal in the girls O66kg against some tough opposition.
Onto the seniors, and Oliver Hollis showed great determination to take a bronze medal in the U66kg and Mark Shaw, fighting in his first Nationals for 25 years, returned with the National title and a gold medal in the men’s U90kg category.