Borderer Abbi punches above her weight in Scottish Open

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ST BOSWELLS judoka Abbi Blackie has landed the Scottish Open Championship title in her weight category at just 17 years of age.

Competing at Meadowbank Stadium last Saturday, Abbi won gold in the 52kg class, a great achievement considering she is still a Junior player.

Abbi started Judo as a five-year-old at Sportif Judo Club in the Borders and trains with the club alongside additional training with the national squad. She is a member of the British team which she represented at last year’s Youth Olympics and European Championships.

The Scottish Open Judo Championships for Juniors and Seniors are Scotland’s premier international tournament attended by the best players in the country and abroad.

Sportif Judo players, coached by Peter Gardiner, won one gold, two silvers and four bronzes in total – a fantastic performance for the club.

For further information for judo classes in the Borders, please call 01578 730452.