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It is with much sadness that I report the death of 1st Dan Matthew Smith who has died as the result of a tragic accident in Cornwall. Matt was a member of the old Gloucester YMCA Judo Club, where he began his career as a Junior Player, and continued with his Judo as a Senior Judoka. As well as representing Gloucestershire, Matt went on to gain his 1st Dan (Black Belt). Our thoughts and sympathies are very much with his family at this sad time.

Pete Salter, Gloucestershire Chair.

Roger Jackson from the Local Answer interviewed Pete Salter on the 18th of December 2019 and published the article on their web site.

Chairman and head coach Pete Salter is a big part of Dowty Judo Club success story

Dowty Judo Club has a long and proud history. It's one that stretches back some 50 years or so but while the club has plenty to look back on with pride it also has plenty to look forward to as well. And one of the club's constant themes – certainly for well over 40 years – has been Pete Salter, who is ......
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Some 75 plus members and supporters of the Dowty Judo Club gathered at the Dowty Sports and Social Ltd Clubhouse just before Xmas for the 2019 Annual awards evening presentations. This is an opportunity for the Coaches to recognise and award accordingly player achievements from the past year. Pete Salter, Chair and Head Coach welcomed the guests present, and gave his usual summary of the year, referring to matters both on and off the mat.
The full list of winners, in no particular order of priority, were as follows:

Achievement award :
Evie Woodham
Maxim Hyams
Edward Holder
Bogden Mikall-Vlad
Vitali Kudelin
Bryan Butler
Jamie Wolvendale
Ben Rudman

Junior Performance Awards :
Cody Harvey
Daniel Alcock

Elite Performance Award :
Chris Andrews
Oscar Gorodetskiy

Senior Performance Awards:
Martyn Davis

Junior Player of the year :
Callum Woodham

Senior Player of the year :
Dean Douglas

Spirit of Judo Awards :
Arthur Stephenson
Paolo Giuliani

Paul Chadwick Spirit of Judo Shield (16th year) :
John Lockey

Keith Wolvendale Shield (12th year) :
James Haistier

Don Quinn Shield (3rd year) :
Maria Ritchie

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Pete Salter

The highlight for the County since my last report has to be the County's success at the Commonwealth Championships at Walsall, with the County medalling in many various categories.

From the Bradley Stoke Club - James Hayes, Ryan Salman, Ethan Nairne, Leah Grosvenor, and Tatum Keen all took Gold in their respective categories, with Ben Moore and Maddie Young both in Bronze Medal positions.

The Dowty Club also had a good day with Gold medals in the Masters event on the Friday from Dean Douglas and Chris Andrews, with Martyn Davies taking Silver in his category, and the following day Callum Woodham took Silver in his pre-Cadet category. As I say, an excellent event for the County.

Back in October, four Players from the BS Club were part of a group of 12 who travelled to Japan as part of the GB Futures camp, and the party also included Coach Pete Douglas who was one of the five Coaches accompanying the squad.

Some of you may re-call earlier in the year reading about Harry Lovell-Hewitt from the Stroud Club, who shortly after his call into the GB Senior Squad required major surgery on his knee. Harry is re-covering well, and is now undertaking some drills and Uchi-komi, and hoping to be back in full training early next year.

Finally, the Safeguarding and TTL courses which took place at Dowty, delivered by Kerry Tansey, were well attended, and we shall probably do the same year.

Pete Salter, Gloucestershire Chair.