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The Gloucestershire Junior Open was once again a very successful event, the following judoka fought well to gain these medals:

Under 12 years Girl's
Helena Harvey - Gold +48kg
Lorna Collinson - Silver -36kg
Kasia Jurgielewicz - Bronze -32kg

Over 12 Boy's
James Dobson - Bronze -46kg

Over 12 Girl's
Jessica Taynor - Silver -57kg

Here is an extract from a press release to the Citizen and Echo :

The Gloucestershire Senior Judo team have won the West of England Senior team Championships, known in the Sport as the 'Bob Taylor Trophy'. Whilst the County have a proud history in this event, and having last won the title in 2009, a series of runners up finishes has prevailed since then until the Squad travelled to Glastonbury for the 2014 event.

Most Counties in the West of England were represented, and a strong, talented, and confident Gloucestershire Squad blasted their way through the early rounds with wins against, Cornwall A & B, Bristol, Dorset & Somerset to reach the final against their old rivals Devon.

In a five man line-up, the first three Players ie, Ben Attwood and James Hayes from the Bradley Stoke Judo Club, followed by Harry Lovell-Hewitt from the Stroud Club all recorded emphatic wins to put the match beyond Devon's reach. Also in the winning Gloucestershire team, were two Players from the Dowty Judo Club, Andy Ritchie & Seb Kazmierski. All five Players had an excellent day, and the young age of the majority of the team indicates a bright future for the Counties Judo.

The County Cadet team also took the Gold medal, illustrating the strength in depth of the Counties current crop of talent. The Cadet team was made up of Players from the Stroud, Bradley Stoke, and Newent Judo Clubs. There were also Bronze Medals for the Senior Ladies team, and the u/12 Boys and Girls team.

See the photograph of the winning mens team in the gallery.

Here is an extract from a BJA press release:

Dowty Judo Club, based in Gloucester, has once again successfully retained the prestigious Clubmark Award. Founded some 40 years ago under the umbrella of the then Dowty Sports & Social Society the club has had its own permanent dojo since 1981 on Down Hatherley Lane.

Developed by Sport England, Clubmark is a national kite mark scheme across all sports, setting a benchmark of minimum operating standards. This involved a number of criteria points, including but not limited to, attendance of courses, writing a club development plan, having a trained Club Welfare Officer in post and codes of conduct. To achieve Clubmark, and to continually retain it, is no mean feat and the club county & area should be proud of Dowty JC in doing so.

BJA Service Manager Peter Beard commented: "The club has an excellent set up in terms of the facility and also the workings in terms of their governance and desire to develop and improve. My hat goes off to the dedicated volunteers that make it such a smooth operation such as Pete & Chris Salter, Pete's right hand man Don Quinn, and the rest of the Club's Coaches, and Brit Fox who was such a great help with the admin side of the Clubmark process. I would certainly recommend a visit to newcomers to the sport & established players as Dowty can cater for all."

See the photographs in the gallery.

The Dowty Judo Club has held a presentation evening at the Dowty Dojo, when Peter Beard the Western Area Development Officer presented the Club with its re-validation for the Clubmark status which the Club has held for the past 6 years. The Clubmark status confirms that the Club meets all the necessary criteria for the successful delivery of the Sport of Judo.

The Dowty Dojo was the venue for a Coach Re-validation event, when 25 Coaches attended from various Clubs in the County, and from various parts of the Western Area. All Coaches within the British Judo Association have varying criteria to meet in order to re-validate their Coach award, and this practical session is one such requirement. This is the 3rd year that the Dowty Club has acted as a venue for such an event, with Coaches from the Dowty, Newent & Apollo Club's in attendance. Each revalidation event requires a specific subject to focus on, and this year the subject was S.A.Q, speed, agility and quickness. The course was delivered by the Western Area Technical Officer, Sandra Klinger.

More improvements have recently been made to the Dowty Dojo, with the current project involving the replacement of the lighting system within the Dojo. This will just about complete the extensive renovation which has taken place both inside and outside of the Dojo building, giving the Club a Dojo which it is rightly proud of.

From a membership point of view, the Club continues to grow its junior session with a core membership of around 20 Players both Male and Female. Whilst a small number of these juniors have started to participate in competition, the ongoing aim is to increase the competitive element. From a senior point of view, whilst the Club can boast a still active group of some 15 Dan grades, we are always, with an eye on the future, on the lookout for Youth and Senior beginners, and anyone interested should contact Head Coach, Pete Salter.

Pete

With immediate effect Monday night sessions will now start at 6.30pm.