I trust everyone has recovered from last night’s Christmas party!
The 2016 Clyde Judo Awards were held at the party.
This year, the awards were restricted to pre-Cadet and below.
That is not to suggest that Cadets are not worthy of recognition, it is more a reflection of the maturity of our Cadet cohort – we have seen great results and amazing amounts of hard work and skill from our globe-trotting Cadets this year.
The first, and most important award, was for Spirit of Judo and that went to Melissa McGill.
Melissa suffered a serious injury earlier this year that has kept her off the mat. Despite that, Melissa has continued to be involved in Judo by helping out at competitions and doing serious amounts of timekeeping. Melissa has shown by her example that Judo is more than just the mat and that attitude and commitment are important.
Player of the Year was a joint award to Katelyn Cox and David Sommerville.
Katelyn had an exceptional year – winning Gold in the British Schools Championship, Scottish National Championship and a Bronze at the British National Championship.
David’s list of medals from this year is so long that I’m not sure I’ve managed to get them all – with medals at the British National Championship, Scottish National Championship, Northern Ireland Open, North West Age Bands, Granite City Grand Prix, Clyde Grand Prix, Highland Budokan Grand Prix and Ultimate Open Grand Prix!
A-Band Player of the Year went to Fraser Clark for consistent results throughout the year; including winning a Judo Scotland Grand Prix prize.
AA-Band Player of the Year went to Andrew McWatt for performance in competition, his cheerful and enthusiastic approach to his Judo and the quality of his technique.
Under-8 Player of the Year went to Glen Ferrier. This was awarded to Glen for the way that he listens to instruction and then works hard in training to improve his Judo.
Last, but by no means least, is Players’ Player of the Year. This is voted for by the the children and young adults and is a recognition by peers of great effort on behalf of the club and Judo.
This year the award went to Kyle Watt.
I mentioned the hard work of our Cadets and five of them earned their 1st Dan this year and came out to take a well-deserved bow:
In time-honoured award show fashion, Erin Peden also earned her Dan grade but couldn’t be with us this evening.
A small presentation was given to the coaches to thank them for their efforts on behalf of the children. As some coaches had to be coaxed from the audience, Alan Clark worked the crowd – encouraging them to call out the name of the shy coaches until the coach was embarrassed out in front of the audience:
However, it seems that one of the coaches didn’t get the memo about “smart casual”:
Awards not withstanding, some of the crowd were more interested in the visit from the gentleman wearing the distinctive red gi:
This year the parents’ committee sent a letter to Santa asking that he deliver a Clyde Judo water bottle as a Christmas present:
The highlight of Santa’s evening was when he got a chance to have his photo taken with Team Laura. A rare honour indeed for Santa.
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