KAZOKU-KAN Judo Club in Droitwich made their presence known at the British Open Championships in Cardiff, as five adaptive athletes walked away with medals.
Sophie Kenny was the shining light for the club in her first-ever appearance at the Championship, battling her way to a gold medal after defeating every opponent in her path.
Club coaches noted her particular strength in physical contests on the ground, a key component to her fighting skillset that helped her become a Adaptive British champion.
Joshua Warburton, another fighter who was making his debut at this level, also stood out, being rewarded with a silver medal for his efforts in the Welsh capital.
His sister, Felicity Warburton, was up against it when facing Dan grade and brown belt fighters, but put in a promising display to come away with a bronze medal.
Also taking a bronze was Liam Jones, fighting in the senior bracket for the first time at the Championship, where he demonstrated excellent technical ability during his fights, while Corey Chapman went home with a medal in his first-ever major judo tournament.
Speaking on the success of the club’s fighters, head instructor Rich Morrish said: “These kids are a shining example of not letting a disability of any kind get in your way of achieving what you want out of life.
“Teaching and adapting to others needs is amazing, and to see the results that these guys manage to get for themselves is a truly humbling experience.”
The club, who are based at St. Peter’s C of E First School in Droitwich, are offering two free taster sessions for newcomers to the sport, starting on Tuesday September 6.