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The Gloucestershire Junior Open was once again a very successful event, the following judoka within the county fought well to gain these medals:

Under 12 years Competition
GOLD - Helena Harvey(+48kg) Dowty
SILVER - Roberta Turton (-28kg) Stroud
SILVER - Lorna Collinson (-36kg) Dowty
SILVER - Neasa Neary (-40kg) Stroud
SILVER - Megan Atkin (-44kg) Stroud
SILVER - Callum Minnis (-46kg) Stroud
BRONZE - Jordan Littleton (-30kg) Stroud
BRONZE - Kasia Jurgielewicz (-32kg) Dowty

Under 16 years Competition
SILVER - Jessica Taynor (-57kg) Dowty
BRONZE - Ethan Nairne (-42kg) Bradley Stoke
BRONZE - James Dobson (-46kg) Dowty
BRONZE - Ben Latchford (-50kg) Stroud
BRONZE - Cameron Turton (-50kg) Stroud

Well done to everyone who took part and click here to view the full results.

Message from Pete Salter :

Just to say thanks to everyone who helped make this years Gloucestershire Open such a success. This was our 6th event and probably our most successful to date. We had 150 entries, with just five entries failing to turn up, and although our costs went up due to the need to hire a van, and the purchase of some extra medals, we shall still make a worthwhile profit, and have the satisfaction of a job well done. We had a large spread of Clubs from around the Country, with some excellent Judo, and our local Clubs were there amongst the medals.

As always, one of the most demanding tasks in hosting such an event is the transporting and laying of mat's, and in this aspect we were well supported both day's with working parties from our local Clubs. We also benefit greatly from the excellent help and co-operation we receive from Graham the Leisure Centre Manager who can never do enough. Along with this support, we also have the Glos Committee playing their part in various ways, and if anyone got in for free past Chris and Lorraine, well they must have abseiled in!

Following the initial problems we had with putting together the necessary number of Table officials, and particularly referees, we finally achieved the required numbers, and they were well looked after once again by way of the excellent buffet laid on by Lorraine, at minimum cost to the County I might say, and the constant flow of tea and coffee supplied by Gary throughout the day, and I would also point out that neither Lorraine, Gary, or Lorraine Neale are members of our Committee. Thanks also to Keith Frowen, our referee in charge for the day, who along with his team, helped make the day such a success.

Well done all.

Pete Salter.

Here is an extract from a press release to the Citizen and Echo :

The Gloucestershire Senior Judo team have won the West of England Senior team Championships, known in the Sport as the 'Bob Taylor Trophy'. Whilst the County have a proud history in this event, and having last won the title in 2009, a series of runners up finishes has prevailed since then until the Squad travelled to Glastonbury for the 2014 event.

Most Counties in the West of England were represented, and a strong, talented, and confident Gloucestershire Squad blasted their way through the early rounds with wins against, Cornwall A & B, Bristol, Dorset & Somerset to reach the final against their old rivals Devon.

In a five man line-up, the first three Players ie, Ben Attwood and James Hayes from the Bradley Stoke Judo Club, followed by Harry Lovell-Hewitt from the Stroud Club all recorded emphatic wins to put the match beyond Devon's reach. Also in the winning Gloucestershire team, were two Players from the Dowty Judo Club, Andy Ritchie & Seb Kazmierski. All five Players had an excellent day, and the young age of the majority of the team indicates a bright future for the Counties Judo.

The County Cadet team also took the Gold medal, illustrating the strength in depth of the Counties current crop of talent. The Cadet team was made up of Players from the Stroud, Bradley Stoke, and Newent Judo Clubs. There were also Bronze Medals for the Senior Ladies team, and the u/12 Boys and Girls team.

See the photographs in the gallery.

Here is an extract from a BJA press release:

Dowty Judo Club, based in Gloucester, has once again successfully retained the prestigious Clubmark Award. Founded some 40 years ago under the umbrella of the then Dowty Sports & Social Society the club has had its own permanent dojo since 1981 on Down Hatherley Lane.

Developed by Sport England, Clubmark is a national kite mark scheme across all sports, setting a benchmark of minimum operating standards. This involved a number of criteria points, including but not limited to, attendance of courses, writing a club development plan, having a trained Club Welfare Officer in post and codes of conduct. To achieve Clubmark, and to continually retain it, is no mean feat and the club county & area should be proud of Dowty JC in doing so.

BJA Service Manager Peter Beard commented: "The club has an excellent set up in terms of the facility and also the workings in terms of their governance and desire to develop and improve. My hat goes off to the dedicated volunteers that make it such a smooth operation such as Pete & Chris Salter, Pete's right hand man Don Quinn, and the rest of the Club's Coaches, and Brit Fox who was such a great help with the admin side of the Clubmark process. I would certainly recommend a visit to newcomers to the sport & established players as Dowty can cater for all."

See the photographs in the gallery.

The Dowty Judo Club has held a presentation evening at the Dowty Dojo, when Peter Beard the Western Area Development Officer presented the Club with its re-validation for the Clubmark status which the Club has held for the past 6 years......

Here is the rest of the Dowty newsletter.

Sunday was a special event as Gemma Gibbons and Sam Ingram both Olympic Siver medallists from the London games came and took 2 sessions. They also posed for pictures and answered questions during their time at Barnwood.

During the training there was an opportunity to spar with them and throw them.

See pictures in the Gallery.

Considering the overall size of our County, and the fact we only have some 7/8 Clubs active, our success rate has continued through 2013, both on and off the mat. At Junior level it has to be said that, the majority of our more notable Junior successes come from the Bradley Stoke Club, which we consider as our prime Club within the County at this time. That is not to forget of course the efforts of Players from such as Stroud, Apollo, Newent, Dowty, Cirencester etc......

Here is the rest of Pete's report.

The annual awards were given out on Friday at Newent and as well as the certificates that are given to club members detailing their achievements for the year, the following trophies were awarded.

Junior Trophies:
Spirit of Judo : Amelia Sterry
Spirit of Judo : Lucas Holford

Senior Trophies:
Spirit of Judo : Izabelle Butler
Spirit of Judo : Chris Giglio

Club Trophies:
Coach player of the year : Rebecca Norris-Giglio
Club player of the year : Callum Woodham