HUDDERSFIELD Judo Club had their best event for almost 20 years at the West Yorkshire championships in Bradford.
Best fighters on the day were Ben Hurst, who took gold in the Under 34 kilos, Sarah Grocock, who won gold in girls Under 32k, and Laura Grocock won gold in Under 52k.
Silvers went to Thomas Nuttall (Under 30k), Joe Farrar in his first event (Under 27k), Simeone Adesina (Under 38k, also first event) and Georgia Marsden (Under 38k).
Bronze medalists from Huddersfield were Patrick Adesina, in his first event at Under 52k, Peter Thornton (Over 55k), Luca Wainwright (Under 38k), Sam Hurst (Under 42k), Joe Wainwright (Under 30k).
The club’s other entrants at the Richard Dunn Centre included Sinead Flannigan, Ben Coffey, Ben McKay, Lewis Rushworth and Joe Mosley.
The club’s instructor Steve Lawrence said: “Judo is not an easy sport as you are trying to throw, hold down, strangle or arm lock someone who is trying to do exactly the same to you.
“Juniors do not do strangles or arm locks until they are 14, but it is a game of skill, speed, balance and flexibility and breeds tremendous strength, confidence and mental agility for all athletes.”
Anyone wanting to take up the sport can contact Lawrence at Huddersfield Judo Club on 07834 381572 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or they can turn up at Huddersfield Sports Centre on Saturdays (12.30 t0 3.30) or Tuesdays (7.00 to 8.00).