One of Bridgeview Judo Club’s original supporting senior members finished 2012 and began the New Year in style... after gaining the highest Judo grade ever achieved in Sussex.
Simon Childs, a former Lewes lad whose family still lives locally, was awarded his sixth dan.
This is above and beyond black belt (the first five dans) and is only awarded to players who have already achieved their fifth dan, fought at international level for at least five years and contributed to Judo in some other way.
By way of his competitions and coaching Childs achieved on all of these points whilst still being under the age of 40.
He can now proudly sport the esteemed red and white belt of the Judo elite.
Childs is still actually competing at the top level and sealed his award with a gold medal victory at the World Masters in Belfast in the under 100 kg section. One of his former coaches, Ian Carter of Brighton JC, is the only other local player ever to be awarded sixth dan and the Bridgeview team are exceptionally proud of his achievement.