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Savannah's Silver Medal success

06 May 2016

On Sunday 1 May, I travelled to Kettering to compete in the British Judo Council Open National Championship 2016. The tournament was a major event with judokas coming from all regions of the country. I weighed in and registered early. It was important to prepare myself physically and mentally for the challenge ahead. The competition arena was huge with six judo mats laid out for the contests. My first match was tough and I eventually defeated my opponent with a decisive throw for an ippon. My next match was extremely demanding. I was facing a very aggressive adversary, forcing me to react and defend appropriately. At one point, the contest had to be stopped whilst my opponent tended a nose bleed. When the match resumed, she continued to test me and went on to beat me on points, putting me in second place for my category. Although disappointed to miss out on gold, I was honoured to win the silver medal, especially with Neil Adams MBE, two-times Olympic Judo Silver Medallist for Great Britain, helping with the presentation ceremony. I look forward to competing in next year's Open Championship.

Savannah, 12L

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