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At the British Schools in Sheffield Rory reached his set target of a Bronze medal his first National medal winning 3 losing 1
Georgina in her first major event won 1 lost 2 - a great first effort and still smiling
Don't forget Area Training this coming Sunday at Thetford lead by Mark Salter with Danny Kingston taking the masters training a player/coach with an immense pedigree
Niamh on her 4th overseas trip since joining Kumo in May 2017 had to settle for a Silver medal despite 5 wins on the day. A single error of judgement in the final proving decisive.
Nice to say a Sean Pettit turnover won the semifinal
Great groundwork session tonight at the Village Hall, many thanks to Sean Pettit
On a sadder note said goodbye to the Ibarra family who are returning to the USA , thanks for your support
Brilliant morning at Lopham Village Hall a two way competition course with SJ Judo Club. Another packed arena with free hotdogs to each competitor in a wonderful atmosphere.
Over in Rome Colin Oates was in the chair for a number of GB athletes embarking on their road to glory.
Next date to look forward to is the 11th March at the Lopham hall.
This weekend sees a Kumo fighter in Belgium, an event that should prove a challenge.
All clubs back to normal this week
At the Scottish Cadet Open competition Eden took bronze as Rory bowed out at -81kg.
The Randori the following day in Paisley saw almost 100 young players on the mat.
A long but worthwhile weekend for Eden and Rory.
Only three Kumo players made up the Area Training total in excess of 60 Judokas
Only Lopham sessions operate this week- Monday and Wednesday
At the Midland Area Open Eden took gold in the Cadets and gold in the Juniors, Rory took 7th in the Cadets and bronze in the Juniors.
Niamh fighting in her last competition in Britain for at least two months took gold.
The following day at Thetford Lennon took gold the only Kumo Minnion not affected by flu.
A total of 14 wins against 5 defeats.
Happy New Year to all
This year it seems there is an emphasis on training as opposed to competition.
With the British Masters held on our doorstep in Thetford in October it would be nice to see Kumo's retired, semi-retired and even just plain apathetic give one last bash.
If your suits still fits get along to Stowmarket Leisure Centre for the Randori session on the7th January 1.00pm to3.00pm.
We also have the Team League to look forward to....
We are back at Lopham on 3rd January and at Diss on 4th January.
Any new recruits can train at the club absolutely free in January
With two Kumo players for Team GB in Rio last year there was no possibility 2017 would be a greater year.
However we kept our promise to fight in Europe again with Kumo players engaging in five overseas trips. A total of eleven Kumo players took part in five tournaments/training sessions bringing back 5 Gold 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.
Colin Oates made that difficult transition from athlete to coach with British Judo.
In the Team League we finished third with the help of Melbourn ...and Walton Judo Clubs.
The Southgate family made an immediate impact on the club with Gold medals at the Kent and Niamh becoming our first Pre-cadet Gold medalist since Samantha Peters in 1999 and first Flanders Cup Champion.
Our Inter-club competitions showed an upturn thanks to our old friends in the NHC with Kangei adding class and numbers
Despite a big effort in early 2017 to boost club numbers we ended the year slightly down
In 2018 the number of overseas ventures will increase and a new style of grading will be introduced to make grading system more of an achievement
Inter-clubs will continue from April onwards when we can fit them into a very full calendar
A few more social events will be organised too
Thanks to all who have supported us in 2017 -let's have an enjoyable 2018 - back at Lopham on January 3rd
Busy week of media duties
Full back page spread of Niamh in the Diss Express, a television interview for That's TV and an absolutely live radio interview on Park Radio this morning wonderful experience for her
Actually got to mention Kumo's past as well Emma Paflin, Tom Turner, David Oates and Gemma Moore, tried to avoid talking about boring Colin and Jono but they did get a mention!!