Bridgeview Judo Club applauded eleven year old Eleanor Kearley this week for a spirited and determined effort in her biggest competition to date.
Following her gold medal in the Sussex Trials she was selected to be a member of the Sussex Squad, and from there she was chosen as the under 44 kilogram member of the Sussex Girls’ Team.
This weekend she fought with the team in the Inter-County Team Championships at the Dartford Judo Centre of Excellence. She was seriously outclassed; fighting much higher graded opponents, including one double British Champion, yet she put in a performance that made the coaches, her fellow team members and her family extremely proud of her efforts.
Her team secured bronze medal position in the event, and Eleanor returned to Lewes much wiser and very pleased with her medal.