St Mary’s Man Represents Britain At International Judo Tournament

harry stone judo 2014A St Mary’s Judo Club member has represented Britain at an international competition in Belgium this weekend.

Harry Stone was selected to try for the prestigious Ippon Trophy in Antwerp by the British Judo Council.

He was picked after gaining gold at national level in two competitions and because he’s been to at least four national training squad sessions in Tamworth.

Harry was disqualified in his first match, which was unfortunate as he was doing well. He lost his second match to an armlock from the eventual gold winner and Harry won his 3rd fight.

Harry’s England coach, Dave Hamblin, said that this competition was of exceptionally high quality. There were 45 entrants in Harry’s group and 686 competitors in total

Harry’s father Dave Stone said that following the Easter course where Harry gained his junior black belt, his son was pleased to be selected for the BJC National Team and that the experience of attending this event has given Harry a bigger impetus to train harder now that he knows what is expected.

Harry wants to thank the Council’s Children’s Services Team for helping to fund the training sessions and the Steamship Company for sponsoring his return flight to Land’s End.

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