I hope you all enjoyed the 2015 Clyde Judo Awards and Christmas Party last Saturday!
The awards were preceded by a “state of the nation” (or club) address by David Peden, recounting the many successes enjoyed by the club during the year – both in competition and volunteering within the sport.
This year, with so many of the older players involved in the Judo Scotland Talent Development Performance Pathway and so being recognised on a national stage, the decision was taken that the awards should reflect the efforts and successes of the younger players in the club.
The award results were:
Spirit of Judo:
For the graceful manner in which he has risen to the challenge of competing in the Cadet category at the British Championships; for always working hard and never complaining and for his assistance at the Wednesday night TD sessions in the Palace of Art.
Best Single Performance:
For the manner in which he reached final of the Scottish Championships despite breaking a thumb!
Best Club Player:
For her hard work in training and the manner in which she contributes to every training session.
Most Improved Player:
For consistently improving throughout the year culminating in great performances at the Scottish and British Championships.
Throughout the year Kyle has produced great performances and demonstrated some really good Judo and real determination to succeed.
Douglas has taken to Judo like a duck to water and performed very well in his first competition – 5 ippons in 5 fights and that after only two months of Judo.
Best Female Player:
Ezri Bradley and Rebecca Lamb
A joint award to two judoka who have had a great year with too many good performances between them to mention and both winning the Judo Scotland Grand Prix in their category.
Best Male Player:
David really stepped up a level this year in training and performance – winning a bronze at the Scottish Championships.
Best A-band Player:
Another player who has turned in some great performances throughout the year – winning a Gold at the Scottish Championships, a Silver at the Clyde Challenge, Gold in the Scottish MiniMons – I could go on but you get the picture!
Player of the Year:
Daniel and Joseph Peden
A joint award to two players who have taken turns at the Gold and Silver throughout the year – producing great performances that included a 9-minute competition at the Scottish Championships and a great performance at the British Championships.
Players’ Player of the Year:
This was awarded to Connor by his peers for his results and the way that he participate and helps in training.
Kyle Watt came in second place in the Players’ Player of the Year:
As ever, a well-known, wearer of the red gi visited from the North.
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