Chairmans Annual Report





January 2016 begin quietly for the GJC, classes at Le Rondin and Le Murier Special Needs schools restarted as did the Beechwood and Grammar school sessions, all keeping the coaches fairly busy!

February, however, saw Louis Plevin competing as part of the Anglia Ruskin team at the British Universities Championships. Although only a reserve, Louis was part of the success story for AR who defeated the previous year’s champions, Oxford, in the final, having also beaten them earlier in the preliminary round.

In March, Louis was to go on and win the English Open Junior Championship in Tethford, his first National Tournament Gold.

April, Louis joined up with Howard Joyce and Lewis Bourgaize in Southampton for the Hampshire Closed Championships where the Inter-Counties Team was to be decided. The undoubted star of the day was Howard Joyce who won not only the Junior title at U60 kilos, he then went on to win Gold in the Senior event. Not to be out done, 13-year-old Lewis won 3 out of 6 of his bouts to gain the Bronze in the under 55 kilos for Juniors (under 16 years of age). Louis was unlucky to lose his first bout against the eventual gold medallist but he fought back well to gain Silver in the Senior -81k. This was a precursor for Louis’ trip to South Africa where he had some great successes, winning the Bronze medals in both the Junior (under20 years of age) and the Senior tournament, defeating South African players each time.

In May, Howard’s success in the Trials was rewarded with a place in the Hampshire Team and Worthing was where he really showed his potential, winning 2 out of his 3 bouts, beating both the Sussex and Kent number 1 players, only losing to the Surrey player, A Platt, who was to become the British Champion for Cadets later in the year. The Southern Area Inter-Counties was the same week-end as the C. I. Championships which were held in Guernsey and proved to be a great win for the GJC members who took home the majority of titles.

Both Howard and Lewis repeating their successes of Hampshire, showing just how much they have improved in the past six months.

June was the date for the annual visit of the BJA Technical Officer, Chris Doherty, who carried out a number of grading exams for many of the coaches and Senior members of the club, all of which were successful and resulted in a number of new Dan Grades being awarded.

August was the month when Howard and Lewis stepped up a level by competing at the Eastern Area Open for Pre-Cadets and Cadets and, with support for Louis and the Chairman, they had some very hard fights which is all part of their development. As a result of their promising performances, it was decided that they should enter the British Championships later in December.

September was the turn of Jersey to host the Senior C I Championships and despite only being able to take a very few competitors, all brought home medals as well as many more points towards their Dan Grades.  Angelo Dorey took his annual trip to Southend and brought back a well deserved Bronze in the Masters and this should encourage him to try out the 2017 British Masters to be held in Cardiff.

In October, your chairman was fortunate enough to add his third BM title at the Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh. This was to prove to be his final competition.

November was the date for the annual Kata Course held at Croydon JC by Sensei Iura, Kodokan 8th Dan. It was attended by Fraser Miller and myself as well as an old club mate, Jo Marcham, who travelled down from his home in Yorkshire. Also in November was the BJA AGM in Nottingham and as there were a number of contentious items on the agenda, the GJC was represented by your chairman.

December, was undoubtedly the highlight of the year for the GJC when three of its’ members competed at the BJA British Judo Championships, held in the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Lewis Bourgaize battling through to 5th equal in the Pre-Cadets and Howard Joyce 9th in the Cadets. The following week Louis came 7th equal in the Junior British Championships, gaining Lewis a call up to the English Squad and an invitation to train at the BJA Center of Excellence in Walsall.

A truly memorable month and year for Guernsey Judo.