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Pride Judo Club continue to shine in competition

PUBLISHED: 09:40 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:40 23 March 2017

Pride Judo Club have been impressing at competitions this year

Pride Judo Club have been impressing at competitions this year

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Pride Judo Club have had a successful start to 2017 with plenty of medalists in a number of competitive contests.

Pride Judo Club's Iskander Fathritdinor and Anthea Dixon SatoPride Judo Club's Iskander Fathritdinor and Anthea Dixon Sato

The club, who are based at Vale Farm Sports Centre in Wembley, started the campaign at the red and yellow belt competition at the University of East London in January.

The development competitions are geared towards judoka (judo players) who are taking their first steps into competitive judo.

Pride entered seven in the red belt section with only Stephen Myint having competed before.

But in the eight-12-year-old category there was bronze medals for Mikail Rafiq, Yaseen Rafiq, Kelsey Keathy, Zain Mashayehhi, Josiah Dofoe and Myint but topping the tree was Sienna Defoe who took gold, winning all her bouts by ippon throws.

And there was also success in the 12 to 15-year-olds for Zaid Hoda who also won all his bouts by ippon throws.

In the yellow belt section Aaliyah Kennedy was unlucky to lose in a hard-fought final in only her second competition.

Kennedy, Defoe and Amy Michael also took silver in the team event, winning three of four bouts.

Bridge Park Sports Centre was the venue for Moberly Stars’ February event and there was bronzes for Mikail and Yaseen Rafiq, Defoe and Kennedy.

Lionel Hibbert who runs Pride, said: “As Moberly Stars’ red and yellow belts competition was an open championship, I can honestly say we had at least 10 top junior judo clubs in the country attending.

“It ws a fantastic effort from our lionessess and young lions.”

The most recent competition was the London area development competition, back at the University of East London.

After losing an early bout, Myint came forward with some power judo to claim a bronze medal.

The Rafiq brothers took silvers and there was another bronze for Hoda.

One of the club’s newest members Iskander Fathritdinor won a silver in the senior section novice to orange belts.

But there was a gold medal for Anthea Dixon Sato, who was competing in her first senior competition.

She is also the first from the club to attend a senior competition.

Hibbert said: “After her gold winning performance I know she will encourage a few more females to participate in judo.”

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