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The Dowty Club held their annual award evening recently in the main Clubhouse at Dowty Staverton.

This years awards were as follows:

Spirit of Judo
Pat Shipton
Pat Pozorski
Thomas Pozorski
Zac Counsell
Nathan Berreclough

Most improved Junior
Yan Skowrow

Novice of the year
Matt Price

Senior Achievement of the year
Chris Andrews
Brad Salter

Spirit of Judo
Maria Ritchie
David Yiangou

Most improved Senior of the year
Jake Fox

Keith Wolvendale shield
Graham Coombs

Paul Chadwick spirit of Judo award
James Hastier

Player of the year
Noddy Lockey

Players Player
Andy Ritchie

The West team event, both Junior & Senior, took place at the Thornbury Leisure Centre on the 5th December. Although the County were not officially asked to host the Championship, the fact that we identified a venue within the County for an event which was under threat of not happening at all, effectively gave us the responsibility of organising and laying the mats etc. Nevertheless, with Bradley Stoke supplying the bulk of the mats and labour, we created a super venue for an event, which again Gloucestershire could be proud off.

This also applied to the actual competing, with Gloucestershire winning the team event for the Boys 8-12 years, and Silver for the Boys 12-16. Other Junior teams from the County both Boys and Girls, and at Youth level, were all in the medals showing the Counties current strength, particularly from the Bradley Stoke and Stroud Clubs. There was also success for the County with the Senior Men's team. The County has a proud history with this event, having won the title on a number of occasions in the past, and were effectively one unfortunate decision away from winning it again this year, but eventually had to settle for the runners-up spot, with Cornwall coming from nowhere to take the title, and well done to them.

The County held its 2nd Gloucestershire Open on October 30th 2010. The event which is currently a Junior only event, was again held at the Newent Leisure Centre, which is the home of the Newent Judo Club, was extremely well supported by both local Clubs, and from various parts of the Country, and the event seems well set in the calendar.

The medals were well spread with the local Clubs winning their fair share, and Gloucestershire used the event as a form of selection for the West of England Junior event scheduled for a month later. Results here.