Gold gives Newtown’s Abbie top ranking

EARLSTON High School judoka Abbi Blackie has moved into the number one ranking in the U20 British squad in her weight category after a gold medal win at the Welsh Open and the English Open.

The Newtown youngster is now looking forward to keeping the winning trend going at the British Championships in October.

Meanwhile, at the age banded national championships held at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, players from Abbie’s Sportif club aged 11 to 17 returned with 34 medals, 12 golds, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes. Sportif medal winners from the Borders were: Joris Caldow, Ben Muncaster, Finn Catterson Tout, Lauren Ramsay, Finn Hobbis, Sam Hobbis, Elizabeth Musgrove (gold); Cailean Gunn (silver); Francis Millward, Kevin Caie, Fiona Cunningham, Sam Kyle, Imogen Walls, Isobel Reid, Robert Hastie, Cameron Brown, Calum McDonald (bronze).

Peter Gardiner, head coach at Sportif, is delighted with the team’s performances and their hard work and commitment which has been rewarded with success on the mat.

The club look forward to the British Championships in October and hope players will be able to perform as well as they have done at the Scottish Championships.

This month also saw many beginners trying out and enjoying judo at Sportif clubs in Kelso, Melrose, Earlston, Peebles and Lauder. For further information on beginners’ or advanced classes, contact Sportif on 01578 730452.