Lewis takes on world’s best as club succeeds at schools event

By Tim Leigh in Martial Arts

South Hams martial artists fought on two fronts at the beginning of April.

Four players made the long journey to Sheffield to compete in the British Schools Championships at the English Institute of Sport, while Lewis Widdicombe went to the International Mast­ers in Bremen with the England squad.

The British schools event hosted 650 judoka over two days from more than 400 schools.

The event attracts high-calibre players from across the country keen to represent their school and win the accolade British Schools champion.

On the first day, three South Brent Judo Club players rose to the challenge. First on to the mat was Pierre Michelin, representing ICC in the U66kg Year 8-9 boys.

After a first-round bye Pierre won by hold down, next by wazari and the final by two yukos. In a group of 11 Pierre claimed gold and the prestigious title of British schools champion for the second year running.

Pierre has had a stellar start to 2017 and is going from strength to strength.

Lewis Taylor, U73kg Year 10-11 boys, won his first fight by ippon, lost his second in the same way, won his third by wazari and unluckily lost his fourth by shido. So after two wins and two losses in a group of 13 Lewis placed a fantastic fifth.

Next up it was Zoe Butler, U57kg Year 8-9 girls. Zoe showed great grit and determination in her two fights, narrowly losing but gaining enormously from the experience.

Kiya Butler, U32kg Year 6-7 girls, was the lone SBJC fighter on day two of the championships. Kiya had a bye for her first fight.

In her second and consequent fights she immediately looked at home on the mat. Kiya had two fantastic wins on her way to the final which she narrowly lost by a wazari, meaning a stunning silver for Kiya.

Lewis, as part of the England squad, joined 930 judoka from 22 countries in Bremen for two days of competition followed by two days of training.

Lewis from ICC got off to a great start in the U81kg cadet group winning his first fight by four wazari and ippon. Lewis won his next fight against the Dutch number one by wazari.

He then lost his next fight by wazari and dropped into the repechage, where he lost his fourth contest.

This meant Lewis had two wins and two losses; an excellent result at a notoriously difficult event.

South Brent Judo Club are delighted that they have been chosen by the Co-op as one of their local charitable causes.

The Co-op funding will assist the dedicated, hardworking judoka to pursue their judo dreams whether that is for fun, fitness, training or competition.

If you would like to nominate South Brent Judo Club, log on to coop.co.uk/membership and make them your cause.

Visit the website southbrent.weebly.com for more information on the club.

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