Four medal haul for Brechin Judo

Senior medallists Mackie Shaw (left) and Mark Arbuthnott (centre) are pictured with Jordan Lamont.

Senior medallists Mackie Shaw (left) and Mark Arbuthnott (centre) are pictured with Jordan Lamont.

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Seven members of Brechin Judo club took part in the highly competitive North East England Open Judo Championships in Newcastle on September 30.

They brought home no fewer than four silver medals in a great result for the club.

Junior medallists Cain Anderson and Frazer Baldwin are pictured with junior participants Codey Duke (all back row) and Ailsa Arbuthnott (front).

Junior medallists Cain Anderson and Frazer Baldwin are pictured with junior participants Codey Duke (all back row) and Ailsa Arbuthnott (front).

Young Ailsa Arbuthnott, participating in her first competition was, at six years-old, by some way the youngest competitor in her group.

She put in a spirited performance against her older opponents to come away with one win and a well deserved participants medal.

Cody Duke found herself fighting in the weight category above her normal and this turned out to be one of the most competitive categories, including members of the current GB team.

Unfortunately the weight disadvantage proved too difficult for Cody, but despite this she put in a credible performance to come away with a participants medal and it won’t be too long before Cody finds herself in the medals.

Cain Anderson fulfilled his potential with a great performance to bring home a silver medal in the junior boys 45kg section.

He only narrowly missed out on gold, leading the eventual winner by waza-ari before succumbing to ippon in the dying seconds of the fight.

He went on to secure a further two wins against opponents he easily dominated, despite giving away a considerable height advantage, to bring home a fantastic silver medal.

Frazer Baldwin, who attends Brechin from Dundee, took silver in the junior boys light heavyweight section in a final he led for much of the fight, until finally being pinned by his much heavier opponent.

In his first sortie into competitive judo, senior member Mackie Shaw put in a fantastic performance to bring back a silver medal - again narrowly losing out to the eventual winner.

Club coach Mark Arbuthnott also brought home a silver medal from the middleweight division, losing a final he should have taken.

Mackie and Mark’s performance is all the more notable as, technically, they are veterans so faced much younger opposition.

Senior member Jordan Lamont lined up against the light heavyweights, a tough division, narrowly losing his fights but gaining valuable competition experience.

The North East Open is the premier competition in the north of England and to bring home four silver medals was a great result for Brechin Judo against the English clubs who are competing far more frequently.

Thanks goes to all parents who attended and especially Tracey Duke for undertaking driving duties.

The club runs on Wednesday nights at the Damacre Community Centre. For more information contact club coach Mark Arbuthnott on 01356 626791.