Jidel Judo 93  disability players have hit the jackpot again this year with a massive medal haul. The 7 Jidelian’s  competed in this years British Special Needs Championship at on the 29th August at Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury . The day started with Keira  McLoad taking to the mat in her first British Championships. Kiera  defeat  her other 3 opponents with a throw and then a pin to the ground. This secured the Gold medal for her. Philip Brodie followed her, with 4 fantastic bouts, the last one being the hardest fight of the day for Philip, this contest was a close match. Philip managed to secure a small score half way through the bout and maintain control of the fight until end of contest to take the Gold medal.
Ben McIntosh had  an outstanding day winning all three of his bouts to secure the Gold  medal. Bens final bout was a hard bout against  a player from Northern Ireland. Ben was a complete star remaining clam and controlled, Ben won all 3 bouts to take Gold.
Taking to the Senior category saw Nicole James aka Nicky -Lou defend and reclaim her British title this time as a senior player. HHH Harrison Lovatt was one of the big boys in action in the under 90 kg, HHH won his first contest with two lovely throws, his 2nd fight  HHH was looking impressive, putting in all the attacks but unfortunately his opponent countered his move and throw him to the back twice to take the win. HHH was extremely happy and delight with his silver medal. Ross Newman was Jidels over 100kg player. Ross was up against two players who have had a wealth of experience on the domestic scene  as well as international events. Ross was excellent he throw his first opponent and then pin a hold on to take the win and gain 10 points towards his  . Ross Second fight was again a player who last year went to the Special Olympic European Games in Antwerp. Ross was up for the challenge and tried various attacks, but his opponent was just more experience and pined Ross to have the win. Ross took silver.
Kathleen was the last player to take to the Mat, unfortunately his was not to be A good day for her, Kathleen fought well and tried so hard, but got defeated in two of her bouts . Kathleen was not too dishearten she still took a bronze medal and was award her Great Britain colours, so she is now part the Great Britain Special Needs Judo Squad.
Coach Jo Imrie was over joyed at  Jidels  players, they always amaze me with their attitude and work commitment to training and their ability to shine at major events. The players obvious love to get a medal, but for me it’s seeing them shine and try their best regardless of the medal outcome.
Jidel judo disability players are a force to be reckoned with. I am so proud to be able to call myself their judo coach.
Anyone interested in physical or intellectual disability judo can contact Jo at jo@jideljudo93.com or see their website www.jideljudo93.com tele: 07411722240