Sportif make judo history at Ravenscraig

Former Olympian John Buchanan presents Sportif Judo coach Peter Gardiner with the very first medal he won at the Scottish championships
Former Olympian John Buchanan presents Sportif Judo coach Peter Gardiner with the very first medal he won at the Scottish championships

Sportif Judo Club brought home a total of 57 medals 16 golds, 15 silvers and 26 bronzes from this years Scottish Championships held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre.

Over 100 Sportif judo athletes from 8 to 20 years old took part and the club, which has its headquarters in the Borders, created a little piece of history by not only having the most entries from any one club but also for their record breaking medal tally which has raised the bar to a historic new level.

Sportif Judo Scotish Championship medallists, standing from left: Francis Millward,  Ewan Paul, Harry Mustard, Catherine Brownlee.  Kneeling  Ryan Thomson and Hannah Wood

Sportif Judo Scotish Championship medallists, standing from left: Francis Millward, Ewan Paul, Harry Mustard, Catherine Brownlee. Kneeling Ryan Thomson and Hannah Wood

Head Coach Peter Gardiner puts the success down to the clubs talent and performance pathway which has seen players travel throughout the UK and Europe as a part of the build up and preparation for the Championships.

Among the many successes were Melrose based gold medallists Robyn McKay and Luke Thomson who gave excellent performances, however, the top accolade goes to Harry Mustard who trains at Sportif Kelso who became double Scottish Champion in the under 16 and under 20 division - an outstanding achievement by anyone’s standard.

These results secured Sportif Judo as the top club in Scotland for the ninth year in a row.

November has brought a double celebration for the Sportif club as Head Coach and Founder, Peter Gardiner celebrated his 50th year in judo.

The club made a surprise presentation to Gardiner during which former student and now Sportif Club coach, John Buchanan, a former Olympian, presented him with the very first medal he won at the Scottish Championships with Gardiner as his coach when Buchanan was only 9 years old.

Gardiner said: “The motivation for me has always been to help people reach their potential and in some cases even surpass their potential whether or not someone becomes Olympic or world medallist is actually of little consequence.

“The thrill is to see someone giving their best and be the best they can be. It is the people you meet, the relationships you build and seeing young people develop into confident adults that is what it is all about.”

Sportif Judo has had invaluable support from the Active Schools Programme, BSLT, Borders ClubSport and ASP Programme and recognise that this has definitely contributed to the clubs success over the past 10 years.

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