Four TTC students travelled to Peterborough to take part in a Judo Competition at the end of April, all doing themselves proud in a particularly strong competition.
In 2012, Year 7 Perry Taylor-Weeden was the only one of the quartet that medalled. This year he had to move up an age band which put him in with 15 year olds. Undeterred, Perry put in a tremendous effort but was unable to repeat in the medals this time. Twin sister Alana made sure that there was still a medal heading home by taking the bronze medal. Although also in the under 16 age group that included England Squad members, 12 year old Alana put in a strong performance to take her medal, including a superbly executed Tai Otoshi (body drop throw) for maximum points.
Year 9 pair Rowan Lockyear and Josef Sullivan have both moved up a weight category since facing each other in the final of the area championships, so there were new opponents to face, including England Squad members from higher age bands. England Squad member Josef made good progress through the rounds to the semi-final, including a beautiful Maki komi (winding throw) to win his quarter-final bout. Although he put in all the effort in the semi, his opponent managed to pin him for the win, sending him into the bronze medal contest. Rowan met the other finalist in the first round which meant he had to compete in the repechage competition to get the chance to compete for bronze. Rowan made short work of his first opponent holding them for the maximum score, then more impressively took apart a top player from Ealing (one of the top ranked clubs in the country) with a huge counter technique. This set up an all TTC battle for the bronze, with Mathematics Teacher and Coach, Mr Salter, not taking his usual coaching chair and leaving them to sort it out between them. In a contest that went the distance, it was a reversal of their previous meeting, with Lockyear taking the honours on this occasion.
All four students are members of Walton-on-the-Naze Judo Club where there are now spaces available in the Wednesday evening classes. Should you be interested, please contact Mr Salter in the Mathematics Department.