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Kumo Judo Club celebrates year’s bumper medal haul

HELPING HAND: Olympian Colin Oates during a training session he held for youngsters at Lopham Village Hall at the start of December

HELPING HAND: Olympian Colin Oates during a training session he held for youngsters at Lopham Village Hall at the start of December

The Lopham and-Diss-based Kumo Judo Club ended 2012 having collected 17 gold, 20 silver and 17 bronze medals, an improvement from 2011’s 15 gold, nine silver and nine bronze.

The year began with 16-year-old Gemma Moore taking a brilliant Commonwealth junior silver and reached new heights with Colin Oates placing seventh at the London Olympics, 2012 ending with a 20-medal tally at the Eastern Area Closed Championship at Breckland Leisure Centre in Thetford to win the Area Shield for a ninth time.

The club struggled a little overseas in 2012, only collecting medals in Prague, Samoa and Bredene, Belgium.

The numbers on the mat have remained consistant at Lopham, Diss and Thetford and showed an increase at the Debenham site.

Across 2012, four-week taster sessions were run at Banham, Kenninghall and Long Stratton Primary Schools and London Olympian Colin Oates and father/coach Howard Oates delivered a number of talks at local schools, including St Andrews in North Lopham where Colin attended many years ago to explain to children the benefits of sport.

It is the club’s intention to offer a four-week taster sessions to even more local schools throughout the next year.

The club will continue to provide the local communities with an affordable Olympic sport throughout 2013 in the hope that somewhere there is an untapped judo talent waiting to be found.

 

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