Young judoka battle hard to win medals at the British Minors

Gold medal winner Nicole Wood with coach Laurie Rush.
Gold medal winner Nicole Wood with coach Laurie Rush.

Over the weekend the Berkhamsted-based Rush Judo club’s minors took to the stage at the British Minors Open in Kidderminster.

With a squad of nine competing, there was some brilliant judo on display from all of the youngsters.

Rush Judo's Annis Rabia, Ronnie Berry and Ben Hasler

Rush Judo's Annis Rabia, Ronnie Berry and Ben Hasler

The results were as follows:

Gold: Ben Hasler and Nicole Wood.

Bronze: Kieran Docherty and Ronnie Berry

Just missing out on a medals, taking fifth places were Annis Rabia and Logan Mcadam.

Also competed and who should be proud of their performance were Matthew Morley, Mehdi Rabia and Travis Hayes.

There was a special mention for Nicole Wood, who lost her first fight as a result of a disqualification but she came back to win the group, including fighting two judoka in the weight above.

This meant she was in a three-way tie for gold so had to re-fight and this time was victorious in both fights and took to the podium to collect her prestigious gold medal.

Ben Hasler also had to fight up a weight group and was brave enough to fight both players twice.

Coach Pete Brent was extremely pleased with the results and added: “All in all it was a brilliant day for Rush Judo.

“Thank you to all the families for supporting each other too”.

Rush Judo is a family-run club that aims to creates champions and have lots of fun. They train at a permanent dojo at Ashlyns School.