Judo recognised at community sports awards

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Posted: 28/11/2018

Following on from the recognition of Titan and Osaka Kwai Judo Clubs, members from Cluarankwai Judo Club and Castle Douglas Judo Club have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to the sport of Judo.

Cluarankwai Judo Club's Chairman, William Gilroy was recently presented with the Scottish Association of Local Authority Sports Council's (SALSC) award for Life time Services to Sport, and also East Ayrshire Sports Council's Life time Service to Sport award.

Willie has been Chairman of Cluarankwai Judo Club for the past 5 years. After retiring 12 years ago Willie returned to the Club and has gained his Level 2 coaching accreditation and also his 2nd Dan. Willie steps up to help in all areas of the Club, including coaching and development of classes, maintenance of the facilities, and supporting players at a competitive level. 

Willie is a tremendous ambassador for the Club, sport and East Ayrshire.

Our second winner is Rheigan Adams of Castle Douglas Judo Club (and Dumfries Judo Academy) recently won the Nithsdale Sports Award for Club Volunteer of the Year. Aged just 19, Rheigan has trained and volunteered with Dumfries Judo Academy for several years; providing invaluable assistance to the coaching team.

Rheigan provides hands on practical support at sessions, ensuring they run smoothly. Rheigan also plays an important role in the clubs new female only Judo sessions, assisting with various areas of delivery during these classes.

Rheigan manages to balance all her volunteering commitments and still is able to keep up her own training, recently passing her theory exam for her black belt, and now focusing on gaining the competitive points required. It is great that Rheigan can show fellow female judoka what successful opportunities lie ahead. 

Huge congratulations to both Willie and Rheigan!