Bronze Medal success for Guernsey Judo

 

Another successful week-end for members of the Guernsey Judo Club.

Three of the club’s juniors competed in the prestigious South Coast Under 16 Open in Worthing. It is an event which attracts many of the top County, Area and English Squad members from all over the South of England and is a tough tournament for even the most experienced competitors.

Twelve year old Lewis Bourgaize was competing off island for the first time and was fighting at under 55 kilos. He had two very experienced county players in his group and despite putting up a spirited display Lewis just failed to get into the fight off for the medals. Nevertheless, the experience gained will help in his development and he has another three years to progress in this event.

Brandon Taylor, fighting at under 73 kilos, is another young member of the GJC squad and he was also up against older and more battle hardened opponents but his strength and determination proved good enough to gain him a well earned Silver medal.    

Perhaps the most experienced of the squad is fifteen year old Howard Joyce who impressed everyone with his refusal to be beaten and in his third bout of the day managed an excellent throw on his County level opponent which earned him a Bronze medal and praise from 8th Dan and former British International, Mick Leigh. Sensei Leigh said that the only thing preventing the Guernsey boys from winning more contests was their lack of experience and they need to travel to UK competitions more often.