WEEKEND ROUND-UP: 2019 British Championships
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WEEKEND ROUND-UP: 2019 British ChampionshipsPosted: 09/12/2019
It was an action-packed few days of judo for Scottish judoka in action at the 2019 Junior and Senior British Championships (7-8 December). The weekend saw the UK's top Junior and Senior athletes compete to be crowned British Champion at Sheffield's Institute of Sport Arena.
Scotland had a strong showing, coming home with an outstanding 28 medals across the Junior and Senior events (with an incredible 12 of these being Gold medals!) Experience at tournaments of this calibre is invaluable for our athletes, with the opportunity to compete against some of the best judoka from across the UK. Read on for a review of the Senior Championships, with full Scottish results posted at the bottom of the article.
Scottish senior judoka won a grand total of 15 medals, with an impressive 7 of these being Gold. In the -66kg category, European Cup medallist and former European Cadet medallist Neil MacDonald overcame competition in the form of Henry Wakes, Michael Fryer and Alex Short to secure his first Senior British Championship title. Scotland’s Short secured Bronze.
In the -73kg category, Aiden Moffat improved on last year's Bronze medal to take home Silver with 2017's British Champion, Daniel Powell, once again taking home Gold.
Stuart McWatt added a Gold medal in the -81kg category to his impressive run of results in 2019, with the prospect of Tokyo 2020 qualification looming. Scott Cusack was unable to complete his final fights of the pool against fellow Scots McWatt and Kumesu-Egri, so had to settle for Bronze. He was joined by fellow Scot Chris Kumesu-Egri who stepped up to the Senior ranks, and into the British senior team, for the first time this year in what was a 'busy' category for Scottish judoka.
Cailin Calder clinched Gold, improving on his Silver medal in 2018, to secure his first title as British Champion in the -100kg category. Andrew McWatt joined him on the podium with Bronze, which is his first Senior British Championship medal. It appears that this category will be a hotly contested one between the Scots for years to come.
In the +100kg category, Glasgow 2014 champion Chris Sherrington made light work of the other heavyweight men to take home the title of British Champion for the fourth time.
In the female -48kg category, Glasgow 2014 champion Kimberly Renicks defended her British Championship title to add to Scotland's Gold medal tally. In the -57kg category, Josie Steele secured Gold to add to the Gold that she secured at the Junior British Championships on Saturday. In what has been an incredibly impressive year for the youngster, including Gold at Paks Junior European Cup and Silver medals at Berlin and Malaga Junior European Cups, Steele's medal haul of two Golds across the weekend is even more impressive with it being her first major competition since recovering from an elbow injury.
In the +78kg category, last year’s Gold medallist Emily Ritchie retained her title with Kate Saunders taking home Silver. It was an impressive weekend for Ritchie, having secured Gold in the Junior event the day previously.
All in all, the weekend was a huge success and a great end to the year for our athletes. We would like to say a huge congratulations (and thank you!) to all judoka, coaches, clubs, volunteers and parents for your efforts throughout the year. Here's to another successful year in 2020!
Gold - Josie Steele -57kg (Highland Budokan Judo Club); Emily Ritchie +78kg (Sportif); Oliver Park -60kg (Hibari Kan Judo Club); Billy Rodman -66kg (Hibari Kan Judo Club); Aaron Miller -90kg (Hibari Kan Judo Club)
Silver - Oliver Short -66kg (Edinburgh Judo); Andrew McWatt -100kg (Garioch Judo Club); Grant Blair +100kg (Irvine Judo Club)
Bronze - Katelyn Cox -63kg (Clyde Judo Club); Artur Patemian -66kg (Pro Judo); Finlay Allan -66kg (Sportif); Ryan Turnbull -73kg (Destination Judo); Cameron Reid-Thomas -90kg (Sportif);
Gold - Kimberly Renicks -48kg (Kanokwai Judo Club); Josie Steele -57kg (Highland Budokan Judo Club); Emily Ritchie +78kg (Sportif); Neil MacDonald -66kg (JudoScotland); Stuart McWatt -81kg (Garioch Judo Club); Cailin Calder -100kg (Judo Esprit); Chris Sherrington +100kg (Commandokwai)
Silver - Kate Saunders +78kg (Pro Judo); Aiden Moffat -73kg (Tayside Judo Club)
Bronze - Rachel Tytler -78kg (JudoScotland); Dylan Munro -60kg (Edinburgh Judo); Alex Short -66kg (Edinburgh Judo); Chris Kumesu-Egri -81kg (Destination Judo); Scott Cusack -81kg (Edinburgh Judo); Andrew McWatt -100kg (Garioch Judo Club)