Just-Judo travelled a little closer to home than of late on Saturday – to Meadowbank Sports Centre – for the Ultimate Judo Grand Prix, the first of a series of events across Scotland to determine the 2013 Grand Prix Champion.
The event was full to capacity, attended by clubs from all over Scotland and even from the North of England, and proved to be a very tough event for all the club’s players.
Spirited performances from Jamie and Callum Henderson, Jack Moszczynski and Darren MacRae set the tone for the day with great efforts in their respective categories and then Fraser Mealyou made it to the rostrum winning a Bronze medal in the Boys Band B U46kg category.
Cameron Brown then followed with another Bronze medal in the U60kg category to continue his steady improvement and was quickly followed by David Harold at U66kg who was edged into the Silver medal position following a closely fought final.
In the Girls Band B section Emily Rae and Hannah Mosczcynski both won Gold in the U57 and U52kg categories after overcoming tough opposition to maintain their winning streaks in 2013, and Leigh Watson made it three in a row for the girls with a Gold at U57kg at Age Band C.
In the Boys Band C section the U50kg class saw club mates and British Champions Rob Hamilton and Alexander Short clash in a category that saw the top 3 players in GB fight it out for top honours; this went to Alexander on the day who defeated rival Jack Murphy from Glasgow who had earlier edged out Rob who took Bronze. The final performance of the day saw Shaun Conlon win Gold in the fiercely contested Senior U66kg category.