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The Dowty Club held their annual award evening recently in the main Clubhouse at Dowty Staverton. This years theme was an American supper evening with some 75 Players, Parents and friends in attendance.

This years awards were as follows:

Continuing Improvement, Junior
Harvey White
Pat Shipton
Zac Counsell
Nathan Berreclough

Instructors Awards
Jonathan Lockey
Mike Woodham

New Dan Grades for 2011
Jonathan Lockey, 1st Dan
Iuean Walters, 1st Dan
Martin Davies, 1st Dan
Rob Shipton, 1st Dan
Mark Williams, 2nd Dan
Maria Ritchie, 2nd Dan
Chris Andrews, 3rd Dan

Spirit of Judo award
Dave George

Continuing Improvement, Senior
David Yiangou

Keith Wolvendale Shield
Maria Ritchie

Paul Chadwick Shield
Steve Organ

Players Player
Maria Ritchie

Player of the Year
Chris Andrews

There were also thank you gifts to the Club's Coaches, Don Quinn, Dean Douglas, Brad Salter, Dave Williams, Gary Foley, and Bryan Butler. The Club also presented thank you gifts to Pete & Chris Salter.

Dowty Judo Club have decided to run an 8 week beginners course in judo.

Click to see large Dowty beginners course poster

The first week will be Wednesday the 7th September 2011.

This course will be suitable for boys and girls aged 7 to 14 years old.

The cost is £20 for the course and Junior sessions are on Wednesdays from 7.00pm - 8.15pm.

For more information ring Pete Salter on 01452 610401.

Four members of the Dowty Judo Club travelled to High Wycombe recently for the High Wycombe Senior Masters competition. The Dowty Club has quite a good record at this event, which attracts a good quality entry, and this year was no exception as all four entries from the Club achieved a podium finish, two Silvers and two Bronzes.

Both Steve Organ and Dean Douglas, competing at u/81 and u/90 kilo's respectively, came close to winning their respective categories, Dean scored three good wins before missing out on his fourth contest which was in effect the final, and Steve got to the same position before missing out in the final, but a good first performance for him after a long term injury.

Brad Salter, who only gained his place in the National Masters Squad last year took a Bronze in a very competitive u/81 kilo category, and Dave George at u/90 kilo's, also made a successful comeback after a long term injury with a Bronze Medal finish.

All four Players will now be looking to cement their places in the National Squad during the remainder of the year. See the team picture on the gallery.

Pete Salter.

Jonathan Lockey (Noddy) and Ieuan Walters completed their line-ups for their BJA 1st Dan grade at a recent BJA Grading up at Walsall. Apart from their significant achievement in defeating their respective line-ups, it should also be noted that both players are just 17 years of age.

See picture on the gallery.

A Squad of the Counties vets travelled to Lille in France for the Eurometropole Masters event. Amongst them was Chris Andrews from Dowty, who took Gold in his category.

See picture of Chris on the gallery.