A dozen students from Battlehill Judo Club travelled to the Kettering Sports Arena in Northamptonshire to compete in the British Judo Councils Open National Competition, which attracted almost 500 competitors.
Following some excellent Judo and a fantastic weekend the club were extremely proud to return with a trio of National Champions.
Lewis Cave, Maddox Fuller and Joseph Carroll were some of the youngest in their group all competing in the 10 to 12 year boys u34kg category, but did not make it to the finals.
Siblings Charlie and Ellie Hutton competing in the 8-9yr boys u24kg and 10-12 yr girls u40kg events were only defeated in the final, to each return with a Silver medal.
Josh McKeown won all of his contests in the pool stage and was defeated in the semi finals to gain 3rd place Bronze medal in the 13-15yr u60kg category.
Kyle Flannery moving up to the u66kg 13-15yr group fought well but did not reach the finals.
Kieron Hardaker had 4 hard fights, winning two, in the 13-15yr over 73kg event to gain a very well earned 3rd place Bronze.
Leah Anastasi suffered a single defeat in the u70kg Senior Female Black belt category to secure the clubs third Silver medal of the day.
Kieran Tweedy aged 16, competed in the Senior Men Brown Belt under 66kg group, and following three hard contests returned with the Gold Medal and National Champion status.
Jenni Francis in the 8-9yr girls u32kg group, was determined to improve on her 2nd place from last year’s event, and after defeating all three of her opponents by Ippon (Maximum score) she was announced as the National Champion with the Gold Medal.
Joe Flaherty secured the Gold medal in last year’s National event, and after successfully defending his title is now two time British National Champion in the 8-9yr boys u46kg.