Edgewood judo sisters are doing it for themselves

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Talented sisters Ellise and Emile Palmer enjoyed competitive debuts to remember for the Hucknall-based EDGEWOOD JUDO CLUB.

Tackling the girls’ low-grade under-25kg class at the Amateur Judo Association’s East Midlands Championships, Ellise came away with a silver medal and Emile the bronze.

There was also a bronze for Curtis Flint in the boys’ open-grade under-30kg category at the championships, which were held at Earl Shilton in Leicestershire.

Edgewood teammates Nathan Henshaw (low-grade under-30kg), Benjamin Watkin (low-grade under-40kg) and Jai Raison (open-grade under-45kg) all narrowly missed out on medals, finishing fifth.

Meanwhile five Edgewood judokas distinguished themselves at the Cobra Red Belt Rumble, held in Nottingham.

Ciaran Wright won two of his three contests to grab a silver medal on his competitive debut in the under-26kg class.

And four teammates all achieved bronze medals. Connor Easom (under-24kg), Reece Wright (under-25kg) and Alisha Norman (under-43kg) were also making their competitive debuts, while stalwart Harry Orton was successful in the under-29kg category.

Edgewood have also been celebrating the achievements of 17-year-old member Sam Watson, who took his first steps on the coaching ladder.

Watson bagged his British Judo Association level-one coaching award after completing a course in Nottingham and obtaining certificates in safeguarding children and first-aid.

Currently, a 1st kyu (brown belt) and a member of the Nottinghamshire county squad, he has been training at the Edgewood club for 12 years.