Bridgeview Judo Club coaches were thrilled with the international news from Abu Dhabi, that Simon Childs, a former Lewes lad, had just won a silver medal in the World Veterans Championships.
Childs fought his way to the finals – with the kind of judo that earned him the highest competitive rank of fifth dan last year – against top class opponents from all over the globe.
He was finally stopped by the Russian under 90 kilogram champion, but even then it was a close and hard-fought battle.
The world silver medal rounds off a very successful year for Childs, who since last Christmas has been awarded sixth dan (the highest grade ever received by a Sussex player) for services to judo as a world class coach, won a gold medal at the British Masters’ Championships, retained his army number one spot for his weight group for the sixth consecutive year and became a father to his new daughter Breanna.
Childs retires from the army next year, having served for 15 years in the Rifles and attaining the rank of Major.
Said Bridgeview’s Dave Fielding: “The fact that he is still competing at the very top level in his sport is just one more accolade for our most successful player ever.”