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My Judo season...

By UofGathleteGraham 23 Apr 2016

My season was mixed, with success and setbacks.

It began in September with a training camp in Edinburgh with the American Olympic Coach Jimmy Pedro- the multiple World Champion and Olympic medalist where I learnt some invaluable knowledge. In October travelling to Bradford for the North of England Championships, I got a bronze in juniors and a bronze in seniors with some tough fights.


Into November and to Cardiff for the Welsh Open. I won bronze in juniors, ending my fighting with a dislocated toe, therefore not being able to fight in seniors. My bronze gave me valuable British ranking points to get me higher in the rankings. In December, it had been hard to recover and train in time for the British Junior Championships, which took place in Sheffield. Unfortunately, in my first fight, I went over on my knee and damaged my medial ligament in my knee, having to be wheelchaired off.

Christmas came at the right time giving me a bit of a break to recover from my knee injury in time for the Scottish Open in late January. The event was held in Edinburgh. I fought well enough to claim a bronze. The next day was a hard training camp taken by ex-olympian and Scottish national junior coach Euan Burton. This was great preparation for the events to come in the year.

February began with the Glasgow area University League. With Strathclyde, Glasgow and UWS entering several teams, all competing for the league title. I was part of the victorious Glasgow team in the February match. Later in February was the British university & colleges sport (BUCS). This event included many sports from all British universities and was held in Sheffield. I fought well, earning a bronze medal on the first day of competition. On the second day was the team event. Our Glasgow team fought well, making it to the bronze medal match, unfortunately losing from a mistake on my behalf to Nottingham University.

The most recent event, in Northern Ireland, while I was back for Easter holidays, was the Northern Ireland Open. I got a silver in juniors and a bronze in seniors, helping my British ranking position.

I have been elected as Vice-Captain of the Glasgow University Judo Club and I am currently ranked 3rd in Britain and looking forward to the next season to try and improve upon it!



UofGathleteGraham

UofGathleteGraham is started judo when I was 7 years old and is a member of Northern Irish Squad.
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