Three TTC students competed at the Harlow Judo Championships last weekend, all putting in good performances, doing both Walton Judo Club and TTC proud.
Rowan Lockyear displayed some attractive judo, winning through the group stage with maximum points in all three contests. A comfortable win with O Goshi (major hip throw) twice in the semi-finals took him through to fight for Gold. The final was an entertaining contest, with Lockyear needing to raise his game even further against a classy opponent. After falling behind early on, Rowan launched a barrage of attacks, looking the better of the two, but unable to score. In this attempt to gain the lead, Rowan was countered by one of the best techniques of the day and had to settle for a well deserved Silver.
After making short work of the 50kg category, Josef Sullivan moved up a weight to compete in the 55kg division which was littered with top Judoka. Even giving away the additional weight, Sullivan looked strong and confident, winning his first contest. Being caught in his next contest with an ankle sweep, Josef had to enter the repercharge, where two good wins saw him through to the Bronze medal match. Taking control of his opponent from the start, Josef switched grips and threw with a massive left handed throw to take the Bronze in under ten seconds and compliment his earlier Gold medal.
Year 7 Perry Taylor Weeden, had a difficult first contest against the eventual Gold medallist and was put into the repercharge competition to fight for the minor medals. A determined Perry took control of his next block, a stomach throw and then hold his opponent for the win, followed in his next contest with a good throw which took him into another hold, again for a win. Perry needed to win the next contest to enter the Bronze medal match and at the end of normal time, it was all square on the scoreboard. The contest went into golden score where the first throw wins; unfortunately Perry was unlucky to have a debateable score against him to end his day.