Two families largely contributed to Bridgeview Judo Club’s re-emergence in County Judo when nine players entered the Sussex Trials this weekend.
At senior level it was very much a family affair when Jez Fielding and his younger brother Simon both fought hard to secure bronze medals, whilst their sister Becky completely dominated the ladies section winning a well-deserved gold medal for her efforts.
At junior level the Salmon family made their debut on the competition scene. Jake and his little sister Niah both brought home fourth place bronze medals, whilst older brother Daniel was eliminated in the early rounds despite putting in one of the best performances of the day. Owain Leaney and Finan Smith also put in appearances but found the opposition too strong on this occasion. Completing the team was Eleanor Kearley, who set out to honour a new year resolution, and she succeeded in style when she won her first ever gold medal and secured her place in the county team.
The icing on the cake was when Niah Salmon was awarded the Spirit of Judo award for the girls for her positive attitude throughout the day.
Bridgeview coaches were delighted with the players’ performances, and bringing home two gold and four bronze medals was a definite step in putting Lewes back on the Judo map.