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News for 2017

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My last update was back in April, and of course much has happened at the Club since then, both on and off the mat. We have had some notable competition successes at both Senior and Junior level, which can be viewed in detail on our results page. It would perhaps be wrong to try and pick one particular competition success, but a weekend back at the end of September stands out when on the one day Chris Andrews won a British Masters Gold, and the following day, 12 year old Callum Woodham took Gold at the British Minors Championships, two successes at both ends of the age spectrum. But there were of course other notable achievements throughout the year, and these will be recognised at the upcoming annual awards evening on the 13th December.

Two other events for the Club, outside of the competition arena that is, was a successful revalidation of the Club’s Clubmark status, and this shows that we have met the criteria as set out by Sport England, in creating a Club environment and facility, which is "fit for purpose" in delivering the sport of Judo. Lots of work involved in this, but good to know we are meeting the standards.

We also hosted a re-validation day for Coaches, when other Coaches, as well as Dowty personnel, gathered at the Dowty Dojo, and undertook a course on strength and conditioning, delivered by Sandra and Juergen Klinger from Bath University.

One rather sad event took place towards the end of the year, when Don Quinn, a level three Coach at the Club, left us to move closer to his family on the Wirral near Liverpool. Don was my righthand man for some 35 years, and I shall miss him, but we do of course wish him well.

I have been reporting for a while now as to the possibility of our Landlord building a factory on the site of the current Dowty Dojo, which may result in the Club re-locating to a new building on the DSS site. At the time of writing, we still await our Landlords decision.

Finally, in looking forward to next year, we shall look to increase certainly our Junior membership, whilst our Senior Squad looks fairly healthy.

Pete Salter
Dowty Judo

The Dowty Club have had a busy first quarter of 2017 both at the Dowty Judo Club itself, and around the competition circuit. A full list of competition successes appears on our relevant Honours and awards page. On the competition circuit, probably our most significant successes came from the British Schools events, with the Club achieving some notable results both at the qualifying rounds in January, and then the finals at the EIS in Sheffield early in April, when Helena Harvey repeated last years success with another 1st place this year. There was also Silver and Bronze for Edward Holder and Kayden Rudman respectively, and Jason Aug competing in the Special Needs event also took a Silver. Apart from the Schools, the Club have also achieved some satisfactory placing's at other events of varying status around the Country.

Another significant happening has been the Club’s re-validation of their Sport Englands Club Mark status, which signifies the Club's standing as a "fit for purpose" organisation. At the time of going to print, the Club awaits their confirmation of this status, but having heard all the right noises, we are confident of the outcome.

The Club still awaits the decision of their Landlords as to some development possibilities on part of the Dowty Sports and Social site at Staverton, where the Dowty Dojo is located, which in turn would lead to the re-locating of the Judo Club's premises.

As in previous years, the Dowty Club will host a re-validation event in June for Judo Coaches both within and from outside of the County. Details of this event can be found on the County, Area, National, and Club websites.

Finally for now, Dean Douglas, long standing member of the Dowty Club, and current British Masters Champion, will set off on a 10 day visit to Japan, the home of Judo. We wish Deano a safe and enjoyable trip.

Pete Salter
Dowty Judo

A Squad of players from the Dowty Club joined some 240 other participants from the Western Area to compete in the Area Schools qualifier, for a place in the National finals in Sheffield in April, with the Gold and Silver medallists automatically qualifying.

The following players from Dowty automatically qualify.
Helena Harvey - Gold
Edward Holder - Gold
Harry Stone - Gold
Tommy Sheerin - Silver
Kayden Rudman - Silver

The following players also medalled, but being to young to compete in the finals, the event was used for development purposes for such players.
Scott Bedford - Gold
Callum Woodham - Bronze

Also medalled
Poppy Leney - Bronze

The Dowty Judo Club has held its annual awards evening at the Dowty Sports and Social Clubhouse at Staverton. Pete reported another good year for the Club, with competition activity at a good level, whilst the more recreational Players continued to enjoy their Judo and their contribution to the overall success of the Club. As in many Judo Club's, the Juniors are usually the more active competitively speaking, but always worth noting that most of the Dowty Seniors are ex Junior Players who still support the Club.

Pete gave a brief update on a proposed future development of part of the Staverton site, which may lead to the need for a replacement Dojo.

The awards ceremony was followed by an American supper and the Quiz.

The full list of Award winners was as follows:

Performance Awards:
Callum Woodham
Scott Bedford
Kayden Rudman
Martin Davies

Outstanding Performance Awards :
Helena Harvey
Dean Douglas
Tommy Sheerin

Achievement Awards :
John Lockey
Nathan Berrecloth
Maria Ritchie

Spirit of Judo Awards :
Ellis Rudman
Harry Stone

Continuous Improvement Award:
Edward Holder

Paul Chadwick Shield:
Bryan Butler

Keith Wolvendale Shield:
Jamie Wolvendale