Judo youngsters fly flag for Chichester

Chichester’s Tony Newton Judo Club took a team of 12 junior players to the Sussex trials at Worthing – and ended up with members helping the county take gold at a regional event.

TNJC members at the Sussex trials

Medallists at the trials are promoted to the Sussex county squad and there was very good judo displayed at Worthing by TNJC members.

Gold medals went to Abbie Brown, Kristina Pavlou, Ryan Elnaggiar, Stelios Pavlou, Jamie Holmes and Keyonoush Penny.

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Silver went to Lizzie Kies, Stelios Pavlou and Farkhod Koziev, while bronze went to DJ Barth, Josh Brown and Peter Hughes.

Oren Somers-Baines came fifth in a very hard group, and Michael Roser and Greg Kies, two of the club’s red belts, gained invaluable experience.

TNJC came third in Sussex and were only two points away from second position, a great achievement for a small club.

Then at the southern area inter-counties, Sussex girls and boys’ teams won gold against rivals from Kent, Surrey and Hampshire. TNJC gold medallists from the Sussex trials were part of the Sussex teams.

Coach Tony Newton, third dan and former world masters champion, is proud that his club can achieve such good results with a small number of players.

TNJC players are of all levels, and those that choose to compete are doing so at both regional and national level.

Recent achievements include Jamie Holmes and Peter Hughes winning silver medals at the British Schools Championships in March and Kristina Pavlou winning gold at the north west championships and Sportif Internatinal in Edinburgh.

That followed her 12 gold medals during 2014 and a silver medal at the British championships – and being selected for the England judo squad.

Kira Brown, 16, was also in the England squad and is now on a judo apprenticeship at Camberley Performance Centre.

Anyone wishing to try judo can come along to TNJC at Gym 1, Chichester University, PO19 6PE, Mondays and Friday at 7.30pm.

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