Success for Scotland at the 2019 British National Team Championships
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Success for Scotland at the 2019 British National Team ChampionshipsPosted: 12/07/2019
The 2019 National Team Championships did not disappoint as Scotland played host to an exciting and intriguing day of judo on Saturday 6 July at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.
This competition is one of the most eagerly anticipated events within the British judo community and despite being around since the 1950's, this was Scotland's first time hosting the event.
The championships provided an exciting and compelling day of judo, with each team competing for glory for their region. A noisy crowd, and the fact that regional pride and medals were at stake, resulted in a day full of enthralling contests with some impressive judo on show.
This year’s event consisted of a round robin whereby each team played each other once, followed by a bronze medal contest and eventually the finals. The competition started off with an athlete’s parade, led out by last year’s hosts Wales, followed by British Forces, North West Area, Northern Area, Southern Area and hosts Scotland.
Hosts Scotland and Southern were very strong on the day, and incredibly, were the two teams involved in the finals for each of the three categories.
In the Pre-Cadet category, Southern secured the gold despite a strong fightback from Scotland. In the Cadet category, Scotland maintained the dominance they’ve asserted in this class over the last few years to retain gold, proving too strong for their Southern opposition. In the Senior category, it was an identical result with Scotland taking home the gold in the face of a very robust Southern opposition. It was very encouraging to see our young judoka putting in some great performances, and inspiring to see the way each of our teams supported and got behind their team mates throughout the day.
Hosting this event was a great opportunity to promote the values of the Judo Moral Code, both through the way athletes conducted themselves and how the tournament was run, in some subtle yet significant ways. Participating officials, athletes and coaches were honoured through being presented to the spectators at the start of the day in an opening ceremony. Coaches were encouraged to bow as a sign of mutual respect at the start of each team match. In addition to this, Scotland made a presentation of friendship to all attending teams at the conclusion of the pools stage of the day. All teams can be commended for how they approached the event, with many aspects of the code on display which was encouraging to see.
We would like to thank all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters for contributing towards making it such a great day. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves!
Photos from the event can be found here.
Full results can be found here.
Full medal table can be found here.