Over 400 junior Judoka descended on Sheffield today as the bid to become Junior British Champion began at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Saturday 10 December.

All players had their eyes on the gold medal from the start and this produced judo of the highest quality. With some judoka having to navigate through up to four pool rounds to secure a spot on the podium, the heat was really on once the finals came around. Therefore it was a testament to their fitness and skill levels that the quality did not dip.

Notable victories included Acelya Toprak finishing the day unbeaten to claim the gold medal in the -57kg division, to make up for just missing out in 2015.

Dragon’s Judo Academy’s Daniel Rabbitt once again caught the eye. After winning -55kg gold in last week Cadet’s boys competition, he once again managed to reach the podium but could only manage silver as he was defeated by Joshua Giles in a high class final contest.

Other notable results include Olivia Piechota, who had opted to move up from -48kg, coming out on top in the -52kg category, narrowly pipping defending champion Chelsie Giles from Coventry to gold, after over three minutes of golden score.

This was not the only medal Coventry would receive in the evening however with Joshua Giles claiming gold at -55kg and Yasmin Javadian winning bronze in the -52kg female category.

There were no shocks in the -73kg bracket as top seeded Eric Ham from Glossop swept all before him winning each of his seven contests by ippon displaying a good range of tachiwaza and newaza.

Don’t forget you can download the full results from today’s competition here >>>>>>> 2016 Junior British Championships results

You can also hear from Eric and Olivia below, just after they picked up their gold medals:

Junior Male

Weight Gold Silver Bronze Bronze
U55kg Joshua Giles, Coventry Daniel Rabbitt, Dragons Judo Academy Ashton Whalley, Beach Mohammead Alip, Ernest Bevin Phoenix
U60kg Henry Wakes, Shadsworth/SKK Leonardo de Moura Muniz, Tower Hamlets Ottavio Razzino, Huddersfield Scott Thomson, Danderhall/Destination Judo
U66kg Neil MacDonald, JudoScotland Alexander Short, Edinburgh Kieron Smythe, Grimsby Abdurrahman Chaatouf, Ernest Bevin Phoenix
U73kg Eric Ham, Glossop Joshua O’Connor, Gendros Lachlan Moorhead, Sheffield Joshua Awiti-Alcaraz, Enfield
U81kg Harry Lovell-Hewitt, Stroud James Hayes, Bradley Stoke Edgar Polovinkins, Ernest Bevin Phoenix Spencer Lambert, Huddersfield
U90kg Del Imrie, Jidel 93 James Reid, Murakwai Tomas Luckus. Ernest Bevin Phoenix Sebastian Potter, Whitburn
U100kg Cailin Calder, Esprit Alex Vasekin, Happidojo Sam Campion, Swinton Luke Thomas, The Mat Academy
O100kg Wesley Greenidge, Enfield Beau Farrance, Tonbridge

Junior Female

Female Gold Silver Bronze Bronze
U44kg Amy Platten, Redbridge Jamie-Leigh Whitaker, Glossop
U48kg Sian Bobrowska, Hardy Spicer 83 Fiona Todman, Destination Judo Molly Harvey, Tonbridge Rachel Towle, Clyde
U52kg Olivia Piechota, JSC/Harris Chelsie Giles, Coventry Olivia Reid, Garioch Yasmin Javadian, Coventry
U57kg Acelya Toprak, Metro Stephanie Walker, Bradley Stoke Natasha Fraser, Gateshead Sofijia Bojat, Ealing
U63kg Lubjana Piovesana, Bishop Challoner Lucy Day, Redbridge Holly Jones, SKK Lucy King, Budokwai
U70kg Kelly Petersen-Pollard, Hardy Spicer 83 Shelley Ludford, Osaka Chloe Nunn, Bishop’s Stortford Olivia Spellman, Pinewood
U78kg Jade Warr, Pinewood Emily Ritchie, Sportif Jess Richardson, Mercia Kirstie Strouts-McCallion, St Columbs Park
O78kg Georgia Greenidge, Enfield Amy Oram, Yate Star Lucy Deeming, Wolverhampton