Successful start to the season for Kingsley School Judo Club

PUBLISHED: 13:51 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:51 01 February 2018

Kingsley School Judo Club's Devon Championships team.

Kingsley School Judo Club's Devon Championships team.

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The opening round of the Devon County Championships was held at Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton

Kingsley School Judo Club enjoyed a successful start to the 2018 season.

The club was at Torbay Leisure Centre in Paignton for the opening round of the Devon County Championships.

The club topped the medal table with 11 gold medals, six silver and four bronze coming from the 20-strong team.

Kingsley’s Amie McMurray received an extra honour, being named Devon County Female Judoka of the year for 2017 after securing a double British title and a place in the England squad.

Coach Simon Ward said: “Overall it was a very pleasing day’s judo, our team competed well and have once again shown many improvements from last year’s results.

“I’m very proud of our younger team and once again extremely pleased to see more of our younger judoka making a great start to competitive judo.”

In the senior category, Mark Wild won his first senior competition, taking gold in the U60kg after defeating Torbay’s Ben Bassett.

Wild also took silver in the open division.

Cameron Lavelle and Sam Hill also won silver medals, with the latter adding a gold in the overall open weight.

In the U16 groups, Brodie Skinner, Fintan Connor and Amie and Zach McMurray all won gold medals.

There was plenty of success in the U12 groups too.

Debutant Elise Helps took her bow at county level in style, winning the U28kg category with defeat of Plymouth’s Georgina Jenkins.

Jersey Ledger added a team gold in the U36kg, and there were double celebrations for bothers Bailey and Tristan Walters.

Caitlyn De’Ath won the final gold in the age band.

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