Judo pair triumphant at Welsh event

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Swansea University’s judo club added two new medals to its collection with success at the Welsh Nationals.

Teams from all over the UK took part in Cardiff earlier this month.

But Swansea enjoyed success in the Welsh Open Kyu Grade competition with Karina Young and David Townsend picking up gold and bronze respectively.

The feat was magnified by Swansea only sending two fighters for the event.

Club captain Danielle Whelton praised her team’s efforts this month.

“I’m very impressed with them,” she said.

“They’d been doing judo for four months and managed to walk away with medals in a Welsh National competition.”

Young and Townsend were both surprised and elated at their success.

Young said: “I’m a bit in shock, I didn’t expect to get gold in my first competition, I am absolutely ecstatic with it.”

Townsend added: “I will be honest I was not expecting to medal in this competition, however I’m over the moon getting a bronze medal.”

Whelton hopes for more success as further events are scheduled.

“We are going to be entering the University of Sheffield’s competition next month, and the British University competition in March,” added Whelton.

“Hopefully [also] doing individual and team events if we’ve got enough people that are at a level to compete.”

Swansea University’s students’ union has scheduled a “give it a go” week in which many societies and clubs are running taster sessions for students to try.

And following their recent success the judo club could prove a more attractive option to students.

Whelton believes judo is more than a sport and it can be socially beneficial for many.

She added: “You get to meet so many new people.

“It gives you confidence, because if you can do the stuff we teach you, it sort of teaches you to look after yourself and how to handle other people.
“It is something you can use in everyday life.

“It is not only about being confident in fighting, it’s being confident in being able to talk to people.”

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