Year 11 Judoka, Rowan Lockyear, was in devastating form at the weekend, competing in the 2015 London Open. A good seeding gave the TTC student a bye into the second round where he made short work of his first opponent, throwing him for maximum points in the first thirty seconds.
Lockyear then faced a tough German opponent in the next round, going ahead early with a huge Tia Otoshi (body drop throw) for a high score straight into a hold down. An official error meant that the time for the hold wasn't recorded and the hold not scored, an error that was to prove costly. The German managed to take a contest equalling score late in the contest, putting the match into extra time which went the way of Lockyear’s opponent.
Rowan then had to enter the repecharge to contest for the bronze, where he looked invincible. Two top class opponents were made to look very ordinary, with Lockyear throwing them for maximum points with Tia Otoshi and taking the place in the bronze medal contest.
Facing a current England Squad member, there was more than a medal at stake as a win would move Lockyear up the national rankings. It only took Rowan fifteen seconds to take the bronze with a massive Ura Nage (rear throw) for maximum points and pushed himself up to number 4 in Britain in the 66 kilogram division.
Fellow Year 11 and training partner, Josef Sullivan also had a good day in the 73 kilogram division, winning his way through the rounds with a range of throws and holds to get to the quarter finals, where he lost out to the eventual winner. Sullivan then won through to the bronze medal contest, just missing out on the medal to a strong opponent from Luxemburg. The fifth place brought Sullivan his first national ranking points in his new weight division which, when added to the points he is allowed to carry over from his previous weight, put him in at fourteenth in Britain.
Mark Salter - Teacher of Mathematics