THE Hucknall-based Edgewood Judo Club earned added kudos this week with the news that they house a NATIONAL champion.
Ten-year-old Charlie Young won the under-30kg title for his age group at the Anglian British Championships, which were held at the Harvey Hadden Sports Centre in Bilborough.
Charlie was competing at the championships for the first time after only reaching the qualifying standard of 7th mon (orange belt and one tag) only a few weeks earlier. And he was also making his debut in this weight category.
But he took the 13-boy knockout competition by storm, winning all his contests to strike gold.
Charlie, who lives in Riddings, Derbyshire, took his First Round tie, against Oliver Brumpton from Scunthorpe, after only seven seconds thanks to a maximum ippon score.
But his Second Round bout, against Declan Whyte, of Wokingham, Surrey, was a tactical battle that finished level on points before Charlie won on the golden score.
In the semi-finals, Charlie bagged victory by firmly pinning Oakham opponent James Reseigh to the ground for 25 seconds to claim ippon. And then he produced a whirlwind win in the final, pulling out his trademark throw for another ippon, this time inside 11 seconds, to defeat Ben McArthur, of Glasgow.