Wow what a busy month!! I’m sorry for not keeping you as up to date, my training commitments have increased and I couldn’t seem to find the time.
Better late than never though… and there is so much to tell you all.
There is an Olympic test event for Judo at the Excel Centre in December. If you are interested in getting tickets you can email Lisa.Allan@london2012.com to request them, mention you are from Camberley Judo Club.
CHRISTMAS PARTY & PRESENTATION EVENING!!!!
Friday 16th December
Children ticket- £2
Adult ticket- £3
8pm-10pm Over 15’s only
Tickets will be on sale very soon. The evening will consist of an awards presentation, nibbles, drinks and music. We will also have a raffle with some fantastic prizes for Pennyhill Park Hotel. Hopefully see you all there!
The Club badges are selling well, if you haven’t got yours yet please purchase one from the bar or reception desk, we would like to see as many kids proudly wearing their CJC badges as possible! Club T-shirts and hoodies are also in their way. Make sure you pre-order so you don’t miss out.
We’ve had very positive feedback with regards to our new more open viewing space into the dojo. The missing three mats finally arrived from Fighting Films, and a big thank you to Peter Preston-Howes for providing and fitting the finishing touch, a lovely piece of wood for the edgeing. We are working on getting new wall padding for inside the dojo and some redecoration to really smarten everything up.
COMPETITION RESULTS (and there are lots of them!)….
GB World Cup- 1st & 2nd October
-66kg Nathon Burns
-73kg Lee Shinkin
-73kg Danny Williams
-81kg Tom Davis
-100kg Josh Butler
+100kg Matthew Clempner
It promised to be a fantastic weekend with so many Camberley fighters selected to fight in the GB world cup. However it was not meant to be and it was extremely disappointing for competitors and spectators to see that none of our 6 fighters progressed out of the first round. Back to the drawing board and a busy month ahead to build on those performances.
Minsk, Belarus Women’s Word Cup- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October
Sophie Johnstone went it alone hunting for that all important World cup medal and points for the Olympic qualifying process. She drew an experienced Finnish fighter 1st and despite a very close match she lost in golden score and was out of the competition.
Baku, Azerbaijan Men’s World Cup- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October
Also on the quest for World cup medals the same weekend but in Azerbaijan was Nathon Burns -66kg, Tom Davis -81kg and +100kg Matthew Clempner. Sadly they didn’t have any success either, not progressing out of the first round. The reality of how intense the Olympic qualifying process is going to be!
Junior National Championships- Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October
Camberley had 3 fighters competing in the Junior British Nationals in Sheffield, the competition was important for selection on to the England squad. Sarah Hill was our sole representative on the 1st day of the tournament. She fought extremely well in the -63kg, winning 2 fights to get to the semi final. She lost in golden score to Lubjana Piovesana the eventual gold medallist but then finished on a win in the bronze medal fight. A good start to the tournament, but unfortunately the lads were unable to continue the medal winning streak.
In -66kg we had Lasha Lekishvili, starting the day off strong he also got to the semi final but lost and dropped in to the repecharge. He wasn’t able to pull a medal out of the bag this time losing for bronze and finishing with a 5th place.
Last but not least was Stuart Brown, still developing into his weight category and age band he put in a solid performance winning two fights and losing two. No medal but plenty of important experience gained.
Belgrade, Serbia European Cup- Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October
Lee Shinkin travelled on his own to Serbia to compete in -73kg, determined to win a European Cup medal to allow him to self fund World cups for Olympic qualifying next year. He started off well, winning his first contest against a Serbian, but unfortunately he then lost to a Swiss fighter seeing him drop in to the repecharge. Still in with a chance of the bronze medal Lee beat a Spanish judoka only to be defeated next fight by a Slovenian. No medal this time but four more important matches under his belt.
Welsh Open- Saturday 29th October
A busy weekend for Camberley Judo Club started with determined little team of CJC warriors arriving at the Welsh Institute of Sport ready for business. Stepping up to a new level of competition was Toby Roberts and Oliver Bergqvist in -42kg and -46kg respectively in age category B. Both young fighters exceeded expectation and Toby came away with a bronze medal and Oliver bagged the Silver. Well done!
In the Cadet section Sarah Hill -63kg was ready for action with her eye on the Gold this time after her bronze in Sheffield. Her determination paid off, 4 Ippon wins including beating Ellen Lewis the National silver medallist, and the elusive gold medal was captured. Following on from this steely performance in the older -18yr olds group was Stuart Brown in -73kg and at -66kg Lasha Lekishvili. Stuart faced tough competition again, he won one fight but lack of experience didn’t allow him to move in to the placings, however again learning invaluable lessons which I’m sure will pay dividends as he develops his into a senior player. Next up was Lasha, he certainly made his mark at the Cardiff venue, confidently dispatching of his 5 opponents to claim the gold medal. An impressive performance, well done.
Southend International- Saturday 29th October
Lone warrior Gary Howe stepped up to represent at Southend International. Unfazed being the only Camberley fighter there he got stuck in and impressively won all 4 of his fights in the -73kg Blue belt and under section. Another Gold in the bank for a successful CJC weekend.
Swedish Open European Cup- Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October
5 of our senior Camberley fighters travelled to Boras, Sweden for the next European Cup event. Nathon Burns -66kg was on a mission, ploughing through his first four fights to get himself in the final against a Russian fighter. An intense fight saw Nathon defeated and having to accept the Silver medal. Probably very disappointing for him but a very respectable result indeed.
We had two CJC players in -73kg, Lee Shinkin and Danny Williams, both vying for a European Cup medal. Lee lost against a Dutch lad and had an early finish to his day. Danny had a more promising start beating a Swiss fighter but then losing to the eventual Gold medallist next round, giving him 7th place.
Next up was Tom Davis in his usual -81kg, his determination and relentlessness got Tom through four fights like Nathon to get himself in the final. Facing a French lad could Tom go one better and bag the gold? Yes he could! A convincing win gave him the title of Swedish Open Champion 2011. Well done.
New to the senior European Cup level tournament was Frazer Chamberlain in -90kg. He put in a solid performance and won his first fight against a Russian, moving him in to a contest against a Swiss. Frazer showed much promise but was overcome by the Swiss fighter who went on to win the tournament.
Redhill Millenium League- Sunday 30th October
Our younger fighters travelled en masse to the age and belt categorised competition to finish of the weekends medal haul, and what a great job they did! Results as follows:
-24kg- Jack Baxter- Gold
-30kg- Tom Kirk & Nathan Fullard- Bronzes
-34kg-Louie Baylis- 5th
-38kg- Ben Baxter & Ben Harrison – Bronzes
-42kg- Oliver Baldwin- Silver
-50kg- Bodie Blacklock- Gold
-32kg – Phoenix Govey- Gray –Gold
-55kg- James Preston-Howes- Silver
Malaga, Spain European Cup- Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th Sunday
A very busy few weeks for Lee Shinkin, competing in his fourth tournament in just over a month, showing great dedication he again travelled on his own, this time to Spain. Unfortunately there was no reward for his determination, losing to 2 Spanish fighters on their home soil.
Samoa World Cup- Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th Sunday
Two days and 3 flights got our four CJC warriors to Samoa to compete in the World Cup. All focussed on gathering Olympic qualifying points. Light weight fighter Sophie Johnstone in the -52kg drew an experienced German competitor first. Unable to secure the win she went out of the competition earlier than hoped. Next up was Tom Davis -81kg, confident off the back of his Swedish success he won his first contest against a Canadian. Moving him in to the quarter finals against Sedej of Slovenia. Unfortunately there wasn’t a repeat of the fortnightsuccess, Sedej defeated Tom leaving him with 7th place and some vital world ranking points.
Matthew Clempner was defeated first fight against a Mongolian in +100kg. Leaving Karina Bryant to go for glory for CJC. A very low entry meant after winning her first contest against a Mongolian Karina was in the final against a Turkish competitor. She won the final and got the Gold medal and some very important World ranking points. Good work!
Well done to Tony Baxter who won 40 more points towards his Dan grade giving him a total of 60 points, only another 40 to go!
Stuart Brown- 1st Kyu
Sarah Hill- 1st Kyu
Toby Lord- 11th mon
Lucas Durrant- 11th mon
Oliver Bergqvist- 8th mon
Toby Roberts- 8th mon
Ben Baxter- 7th mon
Oliver Baldwin- 7th mon
Mohamaed Rachid – 4th mon