Sportif grapplers take top UK spot


A TOTAL of five gold, four silver and eight bronze was the final medal tally that took players from Sportif Judo to the top of the medal table at the British Schools Championship held at Sheffield Ice.

In this premier event, which attracted some 321 schools from all over the UK, players represent not only their club, but also their school.

Pictured here among the gold medallists is Dylan Paxton from Kelso High School. Along with clubmate Euan Paul, who took a very credible bronze medal, the pair’s efforts secured a sixth place for Kelso High School in the overall individual schools medal table.

Sportif Judo’s head coach Peter Gardiner said: “We are of course delighted with these results so early in the season.

“Hopefully, the preparation will stand us in good stead for our trip to Holland next month where the players will compete in one of Europe’s toughest international tournaments.”

It will be a busy few months for many members of the Sportif squad as Abbi Blackie from Earlston High School represents Scotland at the forthcoming British Team trails. Along with clubmate Sam Hobbis, she will compete for the opportunity to represent GB at the cadet European and World Championships.

To finish off what was a tough first half to the contest season a 16-strong squad from Sportif will travel to Portugal for an international training camp in June.

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