Kin Ryu Judo Club’s Natalie Greenhough prepares for Rio

Kin Ryu Judo Club winners in Olen, Belgium SUS-140930-110540002
Kin Ryu Judo Club winners in Olen, Belgium SUS-140930-110540002

Kin Ryu Judo Club’s Visually Impaired junior World Champion Natalie Greenhough was selected to represent Great Britain at the Senior World Championships in Colorado Springs, USA.

Natalie faced some tough opponents with her first fight against London Paralympic silver medallist Tatiana Savostianova from Russia.

Natalie finished in seventh place earning her valuable ranking points towards qualifying for the Rio Paralympic games.

Natalie then won her black belt at the national grading held just a few days after she got home. She won five fights by ippon (direct win in judo) to win her black belt.

Kin Ryu juniors won medals internationally at Olen in Belgium to compete in the Pot van Olen International Judo Tournament.

The youngsters were all aged between 9 and 14 competing against others their own age.

In the Under-15 group all the Kin Ryu players won fights and the final results were silver for Corlia Robertson, bronze for Will Burke,

In the U13 age group the club was represented by Adam Funnell, Sky Phillips and Thea Griffey. All fought well resulting in gold for Adam and Thea and bronze for Sky.

In the U11s Ollie Gordon fought with style winning a bronze medal in his group.

Coach Lisa Harrison said “It’s been a busy month but everyone has trained hard and is showing great results in competition and the outlook is great as we head towards the British Championships at the end of the year.”

For more information call Lisa Harrison on 01293 531548,