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The Dowty Club held their annual award evening recently in the main Clubhouse at Dowty Staverton.
This years awards were as follows:
A small token of appreciation was given to the club volunteers as a thankyou for all their hard work this year.

Spirit of Judo
Nathan Berreclough

Team award
James Hastier
Chris Andrews
Russell Douglas

Junior Player of the year
Jake Fox

Performance award
Becky McNickle
James Woodcock
Seb Kazmierski

Most improved Player overall
Ieuan Walters

Senior Player of the year
Nathan Lockey

Paul Chadwick spirit of Judo award
Dave George

Player of the year
Chris Andrews

Keith Wolvendale shield
Steve Organ

The Club's Players, both Junior and Senior have been active on the competition front, and have recorded some significant successes.

At the Bristol Classic Junior Classic in January, Lisa Major and James Davey both won Gold, with Milly Busson taking a Bronze.

The West Closed in February was very successful for the Club both at Team and Individual level. The Gloucestershire Senior team won the event with Dowty Players, James Hastier, Chris Andrews, and Russell Douglas in the winning team, and the second Glos team came runners up, again containing Dowty Players, Jamie Busson, Nathan Lockey, Graham Ritchie and Mike Woodham.

In the individual seniors event, Chris Andrews won Gold at u/73 kilos, with James Hastier Silver Medallist in the same weight category, and Mike Woodham took a Bronze at u/81 kilos. In the junior category, there was Silver for Milly Busson, and also Silver for Ieuan Walters in the Youth category.

In the High Wycombe Masters event, a category which is proving very successful for the Club, there were Silver Medals for Dean Douglas and Dave George, and a notable Bronze for Steve Organ, another Dowty Player who has been with the Club 25 years plus.

The Bedminster Junior Open was also successful for the Club, particularly for Jake Fox who took the Gold Medal at u/50 kilos. Milly Busson came away with Silver, and there were Bronze's for Andy and Chris Ritchie. On the same day, Jack Green won Bronze at the Salisbury Open.

Brad Salter and myself travelled to Germany with Chris Andrews in May for the World Masters. As always, Chris put in an excellent performance, in a top quality event, and achieved a 9th place at u/73 kilos.

Coming right up to date, the West Open, held this year in Swindon, was also a success for the Club, with Nathan Lockey topping the bill with a Gold Medal at u/90 kilos in the senior event with an excellent performance, and congratulations from everyone at the Club to him. Ieuan Walters also put in a performance to take Silver in the Youth event, and there were Bronze Medals for Ben Evans, Owen Evans and James Davey.

Six months gone, six to go.

On September 12th this year, all being well, Myself and son Brad will set off from Lands End and attempt to cycle to John O'Groats. We are doing the scenic route which comes out at about 950 miles, and allowing ourselves 16 days at approx 60 miles per day, plan to arrive at John O'Groats on the 27th Sept. We are unsupported as such, and will stay B & B each nght, and although we are not doing it specifically for charity, we have both nominated our own chosen causes for anyone who may wish to doninate. I have nominated the "Mesothelioma Research Fund" which is in memory of Len Hutton, the husband of Jane Hutton, who has supported the Dowty Judo Club for many years through her son Paul Chadwick 3rd Dan, who joined the Dowty Club as a Junior, became very successful, and equally so as a Senior, before he was killed in Iraq. Brad, also a 3rd Dan, who is a Mental Health Nurse, has nominated a Mental Health charity, MIND, as his chosen cause. Anyone who would like to donate to either of these charities, can contact myself or Brad.

Pete Salter