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A team of three youngsters from R.K.Judo Club Estepona, travelled to the Southfields Open Championships Leicester UK, a tournament of over 200 competitors, with a reputation of being one of the toughest at this level.
Ben Barkby first of our 2 boys, weighing in at only 27 kilos, had to fight at under 35s, a weight he would not normally compete in but the lowest at this event. This did not phase him at all, showing good spirit, confidence and giving it his all. By far the smallest he still managed to produce spectacular judo, only to lose to the eventual silver and gold medallists, earning him a hard fought 3rd place Bronze after 6 fights.
At the same time on another mat was our other boy Tom Whybrow, in a tough group of 12 players at under 45 kilos. His first two fights were crucial to guarantee him a place in the final four for the trophies. He did just that, winning both fights with superb judo. The final four were all present National and International champions, but proving he has turned a corner in his fighting he sealed a win over a well known face, but was just pipped at the post by his rival of previous championships in the final to take a well earned Silver.
Last was our only girl on this trip, Lisa Lindberg, fighting at under 50 kilos. Again a group full of champions and players with so much more experience than any of our kids. Lisa’s first fight was against a current International star, and last time they met it was over in seconds, but not this time. A determined Lisa fought heart and soul, remembering tactical moves she has been taught to get her out of some tricky situations. Taking the girl to full time was a fantastic achievement only missing the win by a small score in the end. Her next fight was much the same, but after a rough day on the mat Lisa finally made it through and was awarded 3rd place Bronze.
All the kids did us proud and fought at under 16 years, with the oldest only 12 - a tremendous result for our ever growing judo stars.

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