Hat-trick of gold medals for British SN judoka

    There were a trio of British gold medallists at the 2016 Dutch Open G-Judo Championships on Saturday 5 November in Baarlo, Netherlands.

    The competition, for Level 1 and 2 Special Needs judoka, saw over 30 of Europe’s top SN judoka in action on a great day’s judo.

    Christopher Murphy had topped the podium the previous two years and he continued that run of form with another gold medal performance at -81kg. The 2015 Special Olympics silver medallist was in imperious form winning each of his contests by ippon including the final where he was too good for Andy Schoutens.

    Thomas Mawsdley (-66kg) had just missed out on gold in 2015 but made for any disappointment with a good day’s judo seeing him take top spot. Fellow British judoka Ross Carswell also topped the medal rostrum with four wins at -90kg, all by ippon.

    The three other members of the British team in Baarlo also found their way onto the medal rostrum in Dan Jeffries (-73kg), Stuart Jackman (-100kg) and David Woodland (+100kg). This was a second successive silver in this competition for Woodland while Jackman had moved down a weight after his bronze at +100kg last year.

    Full results can be found here:  http://www.jbn.nl/nieuws/DU18617_Zaterdag+5+november+-+Uitslagen+ONK+g-judo.aspx

    Photo above of Christopher Murphy and Ross Carswell

    Photos below of the GB team in action courtesy of Bob Lefevre

    If you would like to find out more about GB Special Needs Judo: https://www.britishjudo.org.uk/gb-judo/gb-special-needs-judo/