Commonwealth medals for Bradley Stoke judo pair

Bradley Stoke Judo Club's Commonwealth medal winners

Two Bradley Stoke Judo Club players have won the top two medals in their categories at the prestigious 2012 Commonwealth Judo Championships, held yesterday (Tuesday 24th January) at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The players, Steph Walker and Lele Nairne (both just 14 years of age), won first the silver medal and then Lele bagged the gold and title of ‘Commonwealth Judo Champion’.

Commenting on their performance, Club Coach Pete Douglas said:

“The selection process for this championship started months ago when the best players England had to offer gathered to fight it out to distinguish the top athletes to represent England in this truly international event.”

“These two players proved themselves to be true titans in judo and right at the very top of their game. They are a credit to the club and South West and I know will shortly be going on to represent England again at other internationals at the very highest level.”

Lele and Steph are both members of the elite England judo squad and Bradley Stoke Judo Club now has more ETD (England Talent Development) judo squad members than any other club in the country.

Later this year the club will be taking all of their players to Venray in Holland to compete in high level competition and in 2013 will be taking their top players to compete in the US Open.

Five times British Champion Pete Douglas had his own taste of success in November last year when he achieved the prestigious 5th Dan grade at the Samurai High Grades and Masters Competition in Kidderminster.

Photo (L-R): Lele Nairne, Pete Douglas (Club Coach), Steph Walker.

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