WEST FIFE judoka returned with six medals last weekend from Judo Scotland’s Children’s Charity Open, the latest round of the Scottish Grand Prix, held at Ravenscraig Sports Centre in North Lanarkshire.
Sarah Kapadia and Kirsty Lawson, from Destination Judo’s Dalgety Bay class, took gold in the respective weight categories, with Sarah winning the pre-cadet (under-15) under-44kg class with three straight ippon victories, all gained by following up a waza ari throw with a hold-down. Scottish champion Kirsty also won her three fights by ippon to win the A Band (under-13) under-32 kilo class.
Dunfermline’s Carnegie Judo Club also enjoyed a successful competition, with Jamie Horn winning all four of his contests to take the boys’ pre-cadet under-50kg title in impressive style. Benjamin Fox-Kennedy (under-66 kilos) came second in his category, with Craig Cochrane taking the bronze medal in he under-46kg class. There was also another medal for the consistent Caitlin Arnold, who won three of her four fights in her first outing in the under-63kg class.
Other West Fife fighters were competing further afield, with four Destination Judo cadets (under-18) representing Judo Scotland in the Venray International tournament in Holland. Kirsty Marsh won three fights by ippon to finish a creditable seventh in a large girls’ under-52 kilo category which also featured clubmate Emma Forrest. Fiona Todman won half of her fights, including taking a notable Dutch scalp in the under-48kg group, while Ryan Turnbull also competed well in the boys’ under-66kg.