Clyde Judo Awards

Every year, the club makes awards in a number of categories to recognise achievement throughout the year.

Awards shield

The award categories (which vary from year to year) are:

  • ‘Spirit of Judo’ for the player that best demonstrates the values of Judo – Courage, Friendship, Honour, Modesty, Politeness, Respect, Self-control  and Sincerity.
  • Player of the Year. A single award for the best overall performance during the year.
  • Best Male Player. Awarded for the best overall performance during the year by a boy.
  • Best Female Player. Awarded for the best overall performance during the year by a girl.
  • Best Newcomer. Awarded to players who have been in the sport for less than one year and are therefore unlikely to qualify for the main awards. We look at attitude and performance.
  • Best Under-8 Player. Awarded for the best overall performance during the year by a player under 8 years of age.
  • Best Club Player. Awarded to players for their performances during training throughout the year.
  • Best Single Performance. Awarded for the best performance at a single competition.
  • Best Technician (new for 2011). Awarded to the player who consistently demonstrates an excellence of technique through the year, both in competition and in training
  • Contribution to Judo – Coaching (new for 2011). Awarded to Judoka who make a significant contribution to Judo through coaching and assisting other players.
  • Contribution to Judo – Refereeing (new for 2011). Awarded to Judoka who make a significant contribution to Judo through refereeing and timekeeping.
  • Most Improved Player (new for 2011). Awarded to the Judoka who has most improved over the year.
  • Players’ Player of the Year: This award is voted for by the players in the club and is a recognition by one’s peers of great effort on behalf of the club and Judo

The 2016 Clyde Judo Awards were presented at the club Christmas party on 17/12/2015.

For 2016, the awards were restricted to pre-Cadet and below.

The first, and most important award, was for Spirit of Judo 2016 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.

A young woman LHS being presented an award by one of the coaches.
Spirit of Judo: Melissa McGill. Presented by Paul Grady.

2016 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 young man and woman holding an award shield. Coach in the background.
Player of the Year: David Sommerville (LHS), Katelyn Cox (RHS). Presented by David Peden.

2016 A-Band Player of the Year went to Fraser Clark for consistent results throughout the year; including winning a Judo Scotland Grand Prix prize.

A young man holding an award shield. His coach standing to the left of picture.
A-band Player of the Year: Fraser Clark (RHS). Presented by John Watt.

2016 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.

A boy holding his award shield with his coach standing next to him on the left of the photo.
AA-band Player of the Year: Andrew McWatt. Presented by Susie Wright.

2016 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.

A Young boy holding his award shield with his coach standing beside him to the left of picture.
Under-8 Player of the Year: Glen Ferrier. Presented by Susie Wright.

Last, but by no means least, is 2016 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.

A boy holding his award shield with his coach standing next to him on the left of the photo.
Players Player of the Year: Kyle Watt. Presented by David Peden.

The 2015 Clyde Judo Awards were presented at the club Christmas party on 19/12/2015 (click on the photos to open a larger image in a new tab).

Spirit of Judo 2015:

Mosa A-Bedri

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.

David Peden and Mosa Al-Bedri with his 2015 Spirit of Judo Award
David Peden and Mosa Al-Bedri with his 2015 Spirit of Judo Award

Best Single Performance 2015:

Alex Quinn

For the manner in which he reached final of the Scottish Championships despite breaking a thumb!

David Peden and Alex Quinn with his 2015 Best Single Performance award
David Peden and Alex Quinn with his 2015 Best Single Performance award

Best Club Player 2015:

Heather Wilson

For her hard work in training and the manner in which she contributes to every training session.

David Peden and Heather Wilson with her 2015 Best Club Player award
David Peden and Heather Wilson with her 2015 Best Club Player award

Most Improved Player 2015:

Fraser Clark

For consistently improving throughout the year culminating in great performances at the Scottish and British Championships.

David Peden and Fraser Clark with his 2015 Most Improved Player award
David Peden and Fraser Clark with his 2015 Most Improved Player award

Best Technician 2015:

Kyle Watt

Throughout the year Kyle has produced great performances and demonstrated some really good Judo and real determination to succeed.

David Peden with Kyle Watt holding his 2015 Best Technician award
David Peden with Kyle Watt holding his 2015 Best Technician award

Best Newcomer 2015:

Douglas Boyd

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.

David Peden with Douglas Boyd holding his 2015 Best Newcomer of the Year
David Peden with Douglas Boyd holding his 2015 Best Newcomer of the Year

Best Female Player 2015:

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.

David Peden with Rebecca Lamb (centre) and Ezri Bradley (RHS) - Joint 2015 Best Girl Players
David Peden with Rebecca Lamb (centre) and Ezri Bradley (RHS) – Joint 2015 Best Girl Players

Best Male Player 2015:

David Sommerville

David really stepped up a level this year in training and performance – winning a bronze at the Scottish Championships.

David Peden with David Sommerville holding his 2015 Best Boy award
David Peden with David Sommerville holding his 2015 Best Boy award

Best A-band Player 2015:

Rachael Lamb

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!

David Peden with Racael Lamb holding her 2015 A-band Player of the Year
David Peden with Racael Lamb holding her 2015 A-band Player of the Year

Player of the Year 2015:

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.

David Peden with Daniel and Joseph Peden holding their 2015 Player of the Year award
David Peden with Daniel and Joseph Peden holding their 2015 Player of the Year award

Players’ Player of the Year 2015:

Connor Wilson

This was awarded to Connor by his peers for his results and the way that he participate and helps in training.

David Peden with Connor Wilson holding his 2015 Players' Player of the Year award
David Peden with Connor Wilson holding his 2015 Players’ Player of the Year award

Kyle Watt came in second place in the Players’ Player of the Year:

David Peden with Kyle Watt holding the 2nd place award for the 2015 Players' Player of the Year
David Peden with Kyle Watt holding the 2nd place award for the 2015 Players’ Player of the Year

 

The 2014 Clyde Judo Awards were presented at the club Christmas party on 20/12/2014 (click on the photos to open a larger image in a new tab).

The winners were:

Spirit of Judo 2014:

David Sommerville

This was awarded for David’s consistent hard work, fair play, helping others and his “never say die” attitude.

David Peden (L) presenting the Spirit of Judo award to David Sommerville (R) .
David Peden (L) presenting the Spirit of Judo award to David Sommerville (R) .

Most Improved Player 2014:

Rebecca Lamb

For her steady improvement thorugh the year culminating in winning the A-band JudoScotland U32kg Grand Prix.

Susie (L) presenting the Most Improved Player award to Rebecca Lamb (R)
Susie (L) presenting the Most Improved Player award to Rebecca Lamb (R)

Player of the Year 2014:

Connor Wilson

Connor had an outstanding year – winning the B-band U50kg JudoScotland Grand Prix, the Scottish Age Band U50kg Gold and medals in Flanders and Venrey. Connor also represented Scotland in the UK School Games.

David Peden (L) and Susie Wright (centre) presenting the Player of the Year award to Connor Wilson (R)
David Peden (L) and Susie Wright (centre) presenting the Player of the Year award to Connor Wilson (R)

A-band Player of the Year 2014:

Joint award to Fraser Clark and Callum Robertson

The boys earned this for the way they stepped up to A-band and won medals in their first year.

Calum Robertson (L) and Fraser Clark (R) with Suise Wright (centre)
Calum Robertson (L) and Fraser Clark (R) with Suise Wright (centre)

Best Single Performance 2014:

Benedict MacLennan-Patton

Benedict won this for his performance at the 2014 British National Age Bands in his first outing as a Cadet – winning matches against older and more experienced opponents.

Susie Wright (R) presenting the Best Single Performance award to Benedict MacLennan-Patton (L)
Susie Wright (R) presenting the Best Single Performance award to Benedict MacLennan-Patton (L)

Female Player of the Year 2014:

Melissa McGill

Melissa had a great year that she topped out with a bronze medal at the British National Age Bands and making the 2015 JudoScotland performance squad.

Melissa McGill (L) being presented with the Female Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)
Melissa McGill (L) being presented with the Female Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Male Player of the Year 2014:

Louis Saez

Louis had a great year – winning the B-band JudoScotland U66kg Grand Prix, taking the Silver medal in Scottish Age Bands, making the 2015 JudoScotland performance squad and consistently winning medals in ranking competitions throughout the year.

David Peden (L) presenting the Male Player of the Year award to Louis Saez (R)
David Peden (L) presenting the Male Player of the Year award to Louis Saez (R)

Best technician 2014:

Ezri Bradley

Ezri wins this award for a beautiful hari-goshi throw at the British Age Bands competition.

David Peden (L) presenting the Best Technician award to Ezri Bradley (R)
David Peden (L) presenting the Best Technician award to Ezri Bradley (R)

Players’ Player of the Year 2014:

Connor Wilson

This was awarded to Connor by his peers for his results and the way that he participate and helps in training.

Connor Wilson (L) being presented with the Players' Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)
Connor Wilson (L) being presented with the Players’ Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Services to Judo: Coaching 2014:

Kieran Meenan for getting his UKCC L1 award and leading the beginners class on Tuesdays.

Kieran Meenan (L) being presented with his Services to Judo: Coaching award by Susie Wright (R)
Kieran Meenan (L) being presented with his Services to Judo: Coaching award by Susie Wright (R)

 

2013 awards – to be completed. Sorry!

The 2012 Clyde Judo award winners are:

‘Spirit of Judo’ 2012

This year the award goes to Kyle Watt for perseverance and commitment in managing the difficult transition from AA to A band.

Player of the Year 2012

This year the award goes to Rachel Towle for excellence in competition with some outstanding results, including winning:

  • British U32 B band championship
  • Scottish Age Band Championships
  • Judo Scotland U32kg Grand Pix for 2012 (to mention but a few).

Best Junior Male 2012

This is a joint award to Connor Wilson and Christopher Love for dedication in training and excellence in performance.

Best Junior Female 2012

Erin Peden for excellence in competition.

Best Under-8 Player 2012

Rachel Lamb.

For tenacity and determination.

Best Single Performance 2012

Rebecca Lamb.

Rebecca wins this for her performance at the Granite City Open Grand Prix event where she had to fight well out of her weight category and gave much more experienced and significantly heavier girls a run for their money.

Best Technician 2012

Rachel Melvin.

For demonstrating a good grasp of theory and stylish Judo throughout the year.

Contribution to Judo – Coaching 2012

Marcus Ray.

Marcus has made a real difference at the club this year, particularly assisting in the training of the younger Judoka.

Most Improved Player 2012

Louis Saez for demonstrating greatly improved technique and turning that into competition success.

Special Awards

Iain Wilson for all his hard work on behalf of the Club.

Eamonn Patton for his photographic work.

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

 

 

The 2010 Clyde Judo Club award winners are:

‘Spirit of  Judo’ 2010

Connor Wilson for always having a smile on his face no matter the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

Player of the Year 2010

A joint award for Rachel Towle and Erin Peden for outstanding performances throughout the year.

Best Junior Male 2010

Christopher Love

Best Junior Female 2010

Rachael Peden

Best Under-8 Player 2010

Hollie Murray.

Best Club Player 2010

Aiden Clark.

Best Single Performance 2010

This went to Keiran Meenan for his performances in the Scottish Age Band Championships, where Keiran demonstrated a new level of ability, winning a medal and qualifying for the British Championships.