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Kin Ryu 2K Challenge Team

On Sunday, Kin Ryu Judo Club enjoyed great success when six of its junior members fought at the Southern Area Orange Belt and Under Open held at K2.

This was always going to be a tough event, as the competition is open to any junior judo player (orange belt and below) in the country; but on the day, all fighters were ready for their contests. David O Doherty, Anna O Doherty and Cieran Schrembri all fought well and were unlucky not to win medals. All three came up against older, more experienced players and can be proud of their performances. Zoe Killick and Erin Kenward both demonstrated real determination and both had a great day, losing only one contest each to take a silver medal in their groups. Lucy Marriott completed the day by winning all of her contests to take a well-deserved gold medal - despite having to fight players in the weight group above her own!
Club coaches Martin Rivers, Peter Seymour, Matthew Kilpatrick and Lisa Harrison also attended the event, refereeing and coaching.
All competitors should be congratulated on their performances well done to all!

As well competing the juniors have been hard at work in the club recently hosting a club visit from Keisen Judo Club, East Grinstead. There was an excellent turn out from both clubs, with over 40 youngsters attending to train and compete for the "2K Challenge Trophy". All entered into the spirit of the event - with the cheering being clearly heard down the corridors from the Marital Arts Suite at K2! After some very close contests and excellent Judo from all fighters, Kin Ryu won the trophy with the result being 11 wins to 10.
As well as bringing players, Keisen also brought four junior referees - all of who should be congratulated for their efforts.
Kin Ryu are now looking forward to the return visit in six months time.

Pictured below are KIN RYU's medal winners from the Southern Area Orange and Under Championships, in no particular order, Zoe Killick and Erin Kenward taking Silver and Lucy Marriott taking Gold.



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