News from Renfrewshire's premier Judo club

Month: December 2011

Training times over the Christmas/New Year period

The last training session this year will be on Tuesday 20th December 2011 at Erskine (NB the session on Sunday 18th December 2011 has been cancelled because of the weather).

The first session in the New Year will be on Tuesday 10th January 2012 at Erskine.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Newsflash – Training cancelled for Sunday 18th December 2011

As the forecast is for severe weather tomorrow (Sunday 18th December 2011), the training session at Bishopton has been cancelled. Apologies for the short notice.

Forthcoming competitions

The Judo Scotland web site has a big update on forthcoming competitions.

There are a number where the club will be attending:

Although the entry dates seem far away, Grand Prix events are usually oversubscribed and early entry is recommended.

 

Christmas Party and Clyde Judo Awards 2011

The Clyde Judo Club Christmas Party was last Saturday and we all had a good time with a buffet, dancing and party games.

We have plenty of pictures (don’t worry Brian, I haven’t posted the one of your unusual dancing style), include the cake for the mystery Birthday guest.

The 2011 Clyde Judo Awards were presented and a well-known Judoka visited from the North Pole.

A visitor from the North - Santa entering the hall, holding up his arms in greeting

A visitor from the North

The 2011 Clyde Judo award winners are:

‘Spirit of Judo’ 2011

Rachael Peden

This is for a “never say die” attitude when competing against girls twice her height and a great spirit in the club.

Rachael Peden - Spirit of Judo 2011 - Rachael being presented with the 2011 Spirit of Judo award by Susie and Davie

Rachael Peden – Spirit of Judo 2011

Player of the Year 2011

This is a joint award to Christopher Love and Erin Peden.

Christopher and Erin have performed exceptionally over the year, winning in the toughest of competitions (too many to mention!) and working hard at club training.

Player of the Year 2011 - Joint award Erin Pedon and Christopher Love - being presented with a shield by Susie and Davie

Player of the Year 2011 – Joint award Erin Pedon and Christopher Love

Best Junior Male 2011

Connor Wilson

Connor has achieved this because of his performance in competition, good grasp of theory, dedication to training and a marvellous attitude.

Best Junior Male 2011 - Connor Wilson - being presented with the award by Susie and Davie

Best Junior Male 2011 – Connor Wilson

Best Junior Female 2011

Rachel Towle.

For a consistently high standard at competition throughout the year, including winning the Judo Scotland Grand Prix prize for the A band U28kg category.

Rachel Towle - Best Junior Female 2011 - being presented with the award by Susie and Davie

Rachel Towle – Best Junior Female 2011

Best Newcomer 2011

Kyle Watt.

Kyle Watt - Best Newcomer 2011 - being presented with his award by Susie and Davie

Kyle Watt – Best Newcomer 2011

Best Under-8 Player 2011

Rachel Lamb.

For tenacity and determination.

Rachel Lamb - Best Under-8 Player 2011 - being presented with her award by Susie and Davie

Rachel Lamb – Best Under-8 Player 2011

Best Single Performance 2011

Marcus Ray

Marcus gave us an exceptional performance at the Scottish Age Band championship (B U55kg Gold) and has kept up the good work since.

Marcus Ray - Best Single Performance 2011 - being presented with his award by Susie and Davie

Marcus Ray – Best Single Performance 2011

Best Technician 2011

Laura Green.

Laura has made a huge improvement in all her techniques this year and always trains hard and with a smile.

Laura Green - Best Technician 2011 - being presented with her award by Susie and Davie

Laura Green – Best Technician 2011

Contribution to Judo – Coaching 2011

Keiran Meenan.

Keiran has been helping out at training sessions. The younger Judoka have responded very well to Keiran’s tuition and he is making a significant difference to their Judo.

Keiran Meenan - Contribution to Judo - Coaching - being presented with his award by Susie and Davie

Keiran Meenan – Contribution to Judo – Coaching

Contribution to Judo – Refereeing 2011

Eleanor MacLennan-Patton.

Eleanor has been following the Judo Scotland Young Volunteers programme and acted as a referee or timekeeper at a fair number of competitions this year.

Eleanor MacLennan-Patton - Contribution to Judo - Refereeing - being presented with her award by Susie and Davie

Eleanor MacLennan-Patton – Contribution to Judo – Refereeing

Most Improved Player 2011

Benedict MacLennan-Patton.

Benedict MacLennan-Patton - Most Improved Player 2011 - being presented with his award by Susie and Davie

Benedict MacLennan-Patton – Most Improved Player 2011

For those who didn’t get a close look, this is what the awards look like:

Clyde Judo Awards - A number of shields and statuettes on a table

Clyde Judo Awards

The coaches were presented with a small token of our appreciation (too small, we never can thank them enough for their efforts on behalf of our children):

Clyde Judo Club Coaches - (L to R) Stevie Wright, Susie Wright, David Pedon, John Watt

Clyde Judo Club Coaches

Did I mention games? Bonus points for the best caption to this:

"Dressing the Christmas Tree"? - Two people wrapped up in toilet role as part of a game

“Dressing the Christmas Tree”?

The audience certainly appreciated the show:

Getting ready for the awards - wide shot of children assembled across the scout hall. Parents at tables behind

Getting ready for the awards

And I almost forgot the mystery Birthday:

Birthday Cake - A small cup cake with a single lit candle

Birthday Cake

Last, but not least, we need to thank all of the people who helped make the Christmas Party happen. Thank you – we all had a great time.

 

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