23rd Jul, 2019

Medals for Kazoku-Kan at SN World Games

Craig Gibbons 19th Apr, 2018

THREE members of Droitwich Spa-based Kazoku-Kan Judo Club took part in the SN World Games in Beverwijk.

The largest special needs competition in the world attracted close to 550 competitors with Felicity Warburton, Liam Jones and head coach Rob Alloway travelling to the Netherlands to represent Kazoku-Kan.

Felicity, being the only girl in her group, took her first opponent down with a fantastic leg reap.

She was unlucky in her second and third contests but came back with another leg reap in the fourth match which was enough to claim the silver medal.

Jones equally put up a strong show, winning his first fight with a body drop technique.

He lost the second but followed that up with victory in third.

Jones then lost the fourth and final contest but had put in enough attacks against his competitors to also walk away with a silver medal.

Meanwhile, Alloway took part in the Kata section and partnered with Samurai JC’s Olivia Turner, coming fourth out of ten pairs in the Nage-No-Kata , missing out on a bronze medal by just four points.

But they followed that up with a bronze in the Katame-No-Kata.

Senior instructor Rich Morrish said: “To take our members to global competitions and see them overcome their nerves to fight on such a high level is inspiring.

“Special needs judo is truly inspirational to see in action.

“Everyone is on a level playing field, no matter the level of additional needs they have with no sore losing, just lots of fun and respect for each other.

“To come away with two silvers is amazing.”

Kazoku-Kan train every Friday at Physique fitness on the Berry Hill industrial estate, Droitwich Spa.

Email club@kazoku.uk for further information.

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