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The Dowty Judo Club has held its 2012 awards evening. The event took place at the Dowty Sports and Social Staverton Clubhouse, and was attended by over 100 members and family of the Dowty Judo Club.

The Player of the year award went to Chris Andrews who among other successes in 2012 won the Commonwealth Masters Judo Championships, and also the British Masters title. Also included in the awards was Maria Ritchie who collected the Paul Chadwick spirit of Judo award, and the Keith Wolvendale Memorial shield went to Adam Shotbolt as a promising newcomer. Players Player awards went to Nathan Berreclough and Harvey White from the Junior Squad, and Maria Ritchie was the Seniors choice.

The full list of awards was as follows:

Player of the year,
Chris Andrews

Paul Chadwick spirit of Judo,
Maria Ritchie

Keith Wolvendale Memorial Shield,
Adam Shotbolt

Players Player, Senior
Maria Ritchie

Players Player, Junior
Nathan Berreclough
Harvey White

Performance Awards
James Hastier
Mark Williams
Jake Fox
Adam Ritchie
Dean Douglas
Nathan Berreclough
Harvey White
James Dobson

Spirit of Judo awards
Callum Woodham
Martin Davies
John Lockey

The County ran the Gloucestershire Junior Open for the fourth year in a row and it proved to be as successful as in previous years.

Dowty had 8 judoka entered:
Boys(8-11) -46kg Gold Nathan Berrecloth
Girls(12-15) -48kg Silver Kerry Mattholie
Boys(8-11) -27kg Bronze Harvey White
Boys(8-11) -30kg Bronze Oliver Mattholie
Boys(8-11) -42kg Bronze James Dobson
Boys(8-11) -42kg Bronze Joe Davies
Boys(8-11) -34kg Fifth Max Gregory

Well done to everyone who took part.

A Squad of Players from the Dowty Judo Club, recently travelled to Belfast to compete in the 2012 British Masters Championships.

Two of the Squad both won Masters titles at the event, a further two Squad members took 5th places in a highly competitive event.

Maria Ritchie competing at u63 kilo's, fought three contests, and in winning all three, retained the British title she won in 2011.

Chris Andrews, who earlier in the year won the Commonwealth title, carried his form into the British event, and competing at u/73 kilo's won all five of his contests to take the British title.

Two past medal winners from this event, Dean Douglas and Dave George found themselves drawn in very competitive pools, and despite both players recording wins, they had to settle for 5th position placing's

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Dowty Judo Club has recently been awarded a £7,063 grant from Sport England primarily for a new mat to be added to the club's proposed new dojo.

However, following problems with the Club's Landlord, it has not yet been possible to complete the new Dojo project, and so meet Sport England's criteria, and so the grant was originally withdrawn for this reason. The Club then embarked in further discussion with Sport England, and with the support of area Development Officer Steve Hammond, reasoned that whilst being unable to complete the original new dojo project through no fault of their own, other criteria identified in the original grant application would still be delivered by the club continuing to operate from their existing dojo, and this approach eventually resulted in the grant being re-instated.

Dowty Judo Club was formed 50 years ago, and in 1981 built its own dojo from which it has operated ever since.

During this period the club has built an excellent reputation and has produced champions at both Area and National level from junior through to masters categories. Within the grading structure of the British Judo Association, the club has produced in excess of 70 Dan Grades at various levels, and has gained the Sport England Club Mark Bronze level award. Much of the club's success can be attributed to owning its own dojo along with the permanent mat area from which it will continue to operate.

The club has three senior club coaches, three club coaches, one level 1 UKCC Coach, two newly-qualified instructors, and caters for junior and senior players for both the competitively minded and recreational player. They currently boast 15 junior judoka, and regularly attract a senior session of 20 judoka.

The Dowty Judo Club have recently enjoyed a successful weekend at two different competitions.

The Dowty Masters Squad travelled to the 25th High Wycombe Masters event, and with excellent performances all round achieved two Golds and two Silvers from the four Players competing.

Dean Douglas put in an excellent performance in his category, and turned a recent run of Silver and Bronze finishes, including a Silver at the Commonwealth, into a well-earned Gold.

Likewise Chris Andrews followed up his Commonwealth Gold with another 1st place at this event to continue his good form.

Steve Organ competing at his new weight of u/73 kilo's had some excellent wins which almost brought him the Gold as well, but eventually narrowly missed out to take Silver, and Dave George followed his Commonwealth 5th place with Silver.

The following day, more Players from the Club's younger and lower graded members attended an event in Kidderminster again producing some excellent results for the Club.

In the just below Black belt categories, Jake Fox put in a superb performance to take a Gold at u/60 kilo's, and in the same category, but at u/81 kilo's, Andy Ritchie showed how his Judo is progressing with a second place finish.

Two Players from Dowty's lower graded Players also made their mark in their first competition with Peter Zawadzki taking a Gold medal with a string of 5 wins, and Peter Stevens fought his way to a Silver medal finish.

Finally a mention for Brad Salter, also from the Dowty Club, who along with his Judo, is also practising Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and taking part in the Welsh Open BJJ Championships, took a Bronze Medal in the Masters category.

At the recent 3 day Commonwealth Judo Champs, held at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, Players from the Dowty Judo Club were particularly successful in the Masters category held on the opening day of the event.

Chris Andrews, who is a past British Masters Champion, and achieved a 5th place in last years Worlds, was competing in the u73kg category, and although nursing a long term injury performed well enough to defeat opponents from South Africa and the Home Country to take the Gold Medal, and add a Commonwealth title to his career achievements.

Dean Douglas also had an excellent day at u90kg, and wins against Players from Northern Ireland and Wales took him to his final against another English opponent who then got the better of Dean, but still left Dean with a commendable Silver Medal placing.

The third Player from the Dowty Squad, another past British Champion Dave George, also competing at u90kg, recorded two excellent wins before going out, but still leaving him with a 5th place.

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Pete Salter