Edgewood Judo Club celebrate double gold

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The successful Hucknall-based EDGEWOOD JUDO CLUB celebrated two gold medals when taking a strong team to a prestigioustournament in Leicester.

Nathan Henshaw and Emile Palmer both struck gold in the Southfields Judo Club Invitation Championships.

Henshaw won the boys’ under-30kg catergory, while Palmer took the girls’ under-23kg section.

Bronze medals were also won by Edgewood teammates William Midgley and Phoebe Woodhouse-James, who were making their competitive debuts.

Midgley competed in the primary boys’ under-23kg class, while Woodhouse-James made her mark in the primary girls’ under-23kg category.

The other member of the Edgewood squad was Ellise Palmer, who fought in the primary girls’ under-26kg class and narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fifth.

Henshaw was also successful at the Nottingham Under-12s’ Orange Belt And Below Championships, achieving a bronze medal.

He won four of his five fights with maximum ippon scores in the boys’ under-20kg category -- his only loss coming against the eventual winner.

Meanwhile two Edgewood judokas also took part in the annual Nottingham Red Belt Rumble event.

Alisha Norman collected a silver medal in girls’ pool six after winning three of her four contests with maximum ippon scores.

While Alex Thompson took bronze in boys’ pool six on his competitive debut for Edgewood.

The popular Edgewood club was formed in 1995 by respected coach Steve Wilkins, having previously been based at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall.

Sessions are held every Monday evening at the club’s headquarters, Edgewood Primary School on Christchurch Road.

Novices and under-eights can go along between 6 pm and 7 pm before graded players take to the floor between 7 pm and 8.30 pm.