Annual Report of 2015

 

Chairman’s Report 2015


2015 has been a very successful one for members of the Guernsey Judo Club.

January saw victory in Lille, N E France for your Chairman in the 7th Eurometropole Masters. This was followed up in April with a further Gold in the 12th International Masters in Tours, NW France.

All this was ideal preparation for the World Veterans Championships held in Amsterdam, Holland, in September and also the British National Masters Championships in Birmingham last October, both resulting in Gold medals. All this success was recognised by the British Judo Association at its Annual awards night in Nottingham where he was presented with the Masters Player of the Year Award for 2015.

June saw the Channel Islands Senior Championships held in Guernsey which resulted in gold medals for both Remi Dorey and Louis Plevin. Eleanor Coe won gold in the Girls Under 18’s category and silver in the Senior Women’s. Jessica Le Page won Bronze in the Under 18’s. Regrettably the Junior Inter Insular had to be postponed because Jersey were unable to finalise their travel.

Louis Plevin had a quiet start to the year, only finding time to compete in the C I Championships, as he was busy studying for his A Levels in order to gain a place at Anglia Ruskin University which was his aim as AR have a very strong judo community.  Following his gaining a place at AR, the first three months resulted in Louis competing at the Northern Championships in Gateshead where he won Silver. In London at the Universities Open he won Gold and Silver, a 5th place finish in the Welsh Open and a recent trip to Holland resulted in a 4th place. His wins have gained him the 100 points required for his 2nd Dan which was confirmed last month by the BJA.  He is currently preparing for the British National Trials in Sheffield.

Angelo Dorey and Ollie Bailey competed in the Southend International in September, both bringing home silver medals. Juniors, Howard Joyce, Brandon Taylor and Lewis Bourgaize travelled to Worthing in Sussex for the South Coast Open and Brandon brought home a silver medal and Howard a bronze. During the year some of the senior members undertook an extensive coaching course which was spread over several months and has resulted in a 100% pass. The club now has 6, Level 2, UKCCC qualified coaches.

June saw a visit by two Southern Area Senior Examiners to the Channel Islands in order to carry out a Dan Grading with the result that three of the clubs’ Seniors gained their coveted Black Belt and Remi Dorey, Alex Bird and Peter Child have now joined an elite band.  Angelo Dorey was also successful in achieving his Technical 2nd Dan.

October was an eventful month for nineteen year old Fraser Miller, not only gaining his Level 2 Coaching Award, he was awarded the Bedell Young Volunteer of the Year which was presented to him by the Bailiff, Sir Richard Collas.

To sum up, a great deal has been achieved in 2015 by members of the Guernsey Judo club. However, 2016 looks even more promising with the Commonwealth Judo Championships being held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa at the end of April. Potential entrants are already busy training and fund raising, in order to be able to represent Guernsey and seek success at this high level.