The British Schools Judo Championships held in the English Institute of Sport (EIS) attracted well over 1000 entries and the members of Kendal Judo Club who attended were made to work very hard for their medals.
Nathan O’Sullivan from Queen Katherine School was made to work the hardest of all. There were 26 competitors from all over the British Isles in his category (Years 10/11 – Under 66 kilos) and Nathan started well with Kesa Gate for the full point in just over a minute against Henry Olding from Crawley.
His second fight did not go so well losing to the eventual silver medallist from Purley. However this put him into the repèchage and he made short work of Alex Park from Walkden, Manchester with another hold, San Gaku Gatame. In his fourth fight, against Peter Hughes from Chichester, an armlock, Juji Gatame, in just over one and a half minutes saw Nathan into the next round.
Against Zsolt Jonas from Nottingham, with a neat O Uchi Gari in one minute for the full point kept the momentum going and he followed that with another armlock, Ju Ji Gatame against Joe Beckett from Crawley to put him into the fight for bronze.
Against Matthew Brimicombe from Fleet in Hampshire this was by far the hardest contest of the day going the full four minutes but a yuko score halfway through the fight gave the very tired Kendal player a well earned Bronze Medal.
The second Queen Katherine School player, Nye Greesley, (Boys Years 8/9 - U50 kilos) also had his problems giving weight away to most of his opponents and losing his first contest being thrown for the full point by Daniel Della Mura from Chertsey in Surrey. Like team mate Nathan this put him into the repèchage where he held Morgan James from Ilford for the full point.
Nye’s next contest, against Rory Blackwood from East Kilbride, went the full four minutes the Kendal player scoring a yuko to secure the win. This put him up against the player who beat him in the first round, Daniel Della Mura. Nye was not going to succumb a second time and gained a waza-ari, with a Ko Uchi Gari, very close to time for the Bronze medal.
Poppy Howe, Daisy Schwarzer, Archie Collis and Alex MacMillan came very close to adding to the medal tally losing very close bronze medal contests for 5th places.