Kingsley School Judo Club’s successful start to the season continued at the weekend in Glastonbury.

Kingsley medal winners.Kingsley medal winners.

The club competed in the Somerset Open and topped the medal podium with four gold medals, three silver and two bronze.

The team of nine young judoka returned with 17 victories from 27 contests across two age categories, competing against teams from across the South West.

There were three gold medals from the U12 competitions. Caitlyn De’Ath won all her contests in the under 44kg category, making it nine contests undefeated so far this season.

Tristan Walters added to his Devon Open title with a defeat of Somerset’s Bradley Harmer in the final. Amber McDonald also claimed a gold in the under 32kg division with a defeat of Somerset’s Poppy Sanders.

Kingsley Judo Club's Somerset Open medal winners.Kingsley Judo Club's Somerset Open medal winners.

There was a silver medal for Bailey Waters, who won three fights on the way to the final.

In the U16 competitions, Kingsley’s Fintan Connor grabbed a gold medal, overcoming a battling performance from Owen Davis from Bristol in overtime. He won the under 38kg category after throwing Davis for Ippon.

Amie McMurray claimed a silver medal, despite having to fight above her usual weight division. After battling hard to get to the final, she was defeated by Dorset’s Jasmine Ellis in the under 40kg final.

Zach McMurray also claimed silver after making his way to the final of the under 42kg category. He was defeat by Bristol’s Ben Moore in the final.

Liam Stapleton and Ben Ford rounded off a successful day for Kingsley with bronze medals, gaining valuable experience.

Kingsley coach Simon Ward said: “Overall it was a very pleasing days 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.”