4 British Champions for R.K. Judo Club


THE R.K. Judo Club spent a weekend in the UK at the JBC British Open National championships and came back with four champions. Eight players from eight to 42 years old, made up the only team from Spain at this prestigious event.
Ashton Hancock, (the youngest member of the team) was the first star of the day becoming British Open Champion in his weight, even after being ill the night before.
Followed by Ben Barkby, 11, who for the second year running held onto the title of British Open Champion.
Then, Tom Whybrow, 12, won all but one of his fights, meaning Gold! And another British Open Champion was announced.
Trying for the same result was Ryan Whitehead, who sadly lost out to the eventual Gold medalist. However, fighting for a medal of another colour, back he came, to seal a well-deserved Bronze.
A similar story for Sofia Briggs Harrison. She turned 10 only two weeks ago meaning she was the youngest in her group. Unfortunately just being pipped at the post to get into the final, but still took National Bronze.
To finish the day, Karen Barkby fought in a class half her age, in what is possibly her last competitive contest, she was not going home empty handed.
Karen threw her last opponent for full points, securing the Gold and the last title in her career of British Open Champion 2015.
So the final tally is: four British Open Champions, and two Bronze medalists.


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