Islands’ Judo Hopeful Gets Through ‘Tense’ Schools Tournament

Harry Stone in action on Saturday

Harry Stone in action on Saturday

Islands’ Judo hopeful Harry Stone just missed out on the medals at the British Judo Association Schools finals in Sheffield on Saturday.

Dad and Coach, Dave Stone said Harry, who was representing the Five Islands School, had a “tense and hard fought competition” in the under 66kg category.

Harry achieved three convincing wins, says Dave, and the other two fights went the full distance of four minutes. But he says he was unlucky with the referees’ decisions.

That left him in fifth place.

Harry said he was pleased with his efforts, but he couldn’t compete in the English Open on the Sunday due to an injury he sustained in the last fight on Saturday.

However he did manage to achieve his ‘Blue Belt’ grading standard, which will allow him to compete in future English Opens.

Harry says he feels that the National Training sessions and Stuart Pateman’s visit to the Islands’ judo club last month were really beneficial to his preparations.

Harry did receive some good news last week.

Phil de Glanville, the ex England Rugby International and the head of the Elite Academy at Hartpury College in Gloucester, says he wants Harry to join the Academy, one of the best sports colleges in the country, in September.

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