Thirteen was not an unlucky number for the Riverside Judo Club, when 13 of its members took part in the Devon Friendly competition in Okehampton.

The Riverside competitors, ranging in age from five to 28 years-old took part in nine different age and grade categories and came home with four gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Taking part for the first time, Thomas Pickering and Brodie Skinner, both seven, won their earlier fights before meeting each other in the final, Brodie just edging out his clubmate to take the gold, while Thomas took a well deserved silver.

Among other memorable moments during the day, Simon Sevcik showing exceptional form to win his first fight in just a few seconds, with a well executed ‘Uchimata.’ Had there been an award for throw of the day this would have been a contender.

Male Seniors – gold, Chris Rayner.

Boys juniors –silver, Luke Pincombe, Mark Wild.

Girls Junior – bronze, Isobel Turley.

Boys primary – gold, Brodie Skinner, Micky Wild and Simon Sevcik; silver – James Turley, Jacob Lewis, Thomas Pickering; bronze, Jatin Gahir and Pavin Gahir.

Girls primary – bronze, Caitlyn De’Ath,

Young members of the Riverside Judo Club continued the club’s success at the Cornish Invitation Championships in Penzance on Sunday.

Hannah Piers won gold in the Primary Mini League for six to seven year olds.

Mark Wild, 10, also won gold in the Junior Boys under 34kg weight category.

For more information about Riverside Judo Club email or call Richard on 07828 154771