LUCY SKINNER and Eleanor Warburton both secured fifth place finishes at the Midlands Area Age Bands competition in Walsall for Kazuko-Kan Judo Club.
This was the girls’ first ranked competition and placed well in their categories amidst fierce competition from other rivals.
Sensei Rob Alloway went along to support the girls and officiate the event.
He said: “It was a tough competition and the girls were fighting at this level for the first time.
“They both performed very well despite not gaining any medals.”
Instructor Rich Morrish was also pleased by Skinner’s and Warburton’s positive results.
He added: “It’s like we say to all our students, it’s the taking part that counts, not the medals you bring home that make you a true champion.
“We are very proud of their achievements.”
Meanwhile, Kazuko-Kan has crowned its very first member of the month.
Molly Charlwood has worked incredibly hard over the past month as well as making a self-journey back on to the judo mat after almost a year away from the sport.
Her determination, attitude and team spirit have made this first award a special one.
Morrish added: “We are incredibly proud of her and she deserves this accolade whole heartedly.
“Molly will present the next member of the month with the club trophy at the end of February, passing on the torch to the next worthy successor.
“All of the students work so hard so this decision was very difficult to make – they are all worthy contenders.”
Finally, Sensei Alloway also received good news in the form of an official notification in which he has been offered a place in the British Masters Squad which allows him to enter any World and European Masters competitions.
For more information about Kazoku-Kan Judo Club contact Club@Kazoku.uk