Commonwealth Judo Championships 2016


The Nelson Mandela Metropole University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa was the venue for the 2016 Commonwealth Judo Championships where Guernsey was represented by Louis Plevin in the Junior (under 21 years of age) and also the Senior category, competing at under 81 kilos.

The junior competition was held on the Wednesday and was contested by three South African players, one English, one Northern Irish and a Guernsey man, namely, Louis Plevin.

Plevin was once again faced with a tough preliminary bout against the British number 3, Aiden Donald, and, despite getting an early lead, Louis had to concede that his opponents greater experience proved decisive and if he was to get a medal he would need to win his next fight against a tough South African which he did in good style.

The following day saw the senior players competing and this was another opportunity for Plevin to show just how much his judo has improved since joining Anglia Ruskin University and all he needed was a favorable draw. His first fight was against the Northern Irish competitor who had won the silver medal the previous day. Once again Plevin opened up an early lead but couldn’t maintain the pressure and at the end of the 5 minute contest he lost on points.  This put him into the bronze medal fight off and for once the draw was kind to him and he came up against another South African who proved to be very strong but lacked the power and determination of the young Guernsey man, Plevin managing to finish off the bout in great style with an excellent 10 point throw, winning his second bronze medal and adding them to the one he won in Cardiff in 2012. 

For Louis Plevin to continue competing on the international scene will require considerable funding and as a minority sport it has proved difficult to find a major sponsor and it would be a shame if Louis was unable to reach his potential due to lack of competition.

As well as the judo, Mitch and Louis made the most of the South African environment and enjoyed lots of sun and managed a day trip in Addo National Elephant Park and a boat trip to a penguin island 13 miles off of the coast of Port Elizabeth. Throughout the trip they had the lovely company of John Thacker, Ann Logan, Ronda Crampton-Reid, Stan Cantrill and his partner Jane.