It has been a successful period for Watford’s Iruka Judokwai Judo Club, with one member gaining his black belt while two picked up gold medals at the Harlow Judo Club low grade competition.

Four junior members took part in the Harlow competition at the weekend, with Holly Lau and Quinlan Carter coming out with the top prizes.

In Lau’s first competition as a member of the club, she was placed in a tough group in the girls under-12 category but battled brilliantly in all three of her fights to claim the gold.

Carter, meanwhile, also fought against three opponents in his boys over-12 event and had to battle all the way. His first fight went to the golden score, meaning he had to continue fighting beyond the usual allotted time until either he or his opponent achieved the next score.

He came out on top, and then comfortably dispatched of his two other opponents to get the medal.

At the same competition, Mason Weir also took part in the boys over-12 event, although at an under-38kg weight, and claimed the silver medal.

Lastly, Tiernan Carter secured a bronze medal in the boys under-12 U30kg event.

Also taking part in a competition recently was Benji Golanski, a senior member of the club who entered the High Wycombe Kyu Grade Cup competition, securing a bronze medal in the 81kg weight group.

Finally, another senior member in Christopher Gibbins was successfully gained his black belt.

Gibbins won his first two fights, accruing 20 points which meant he was eligible to try and earn the belt on the same day, which he did by beating three opponents back to back, therefore achieving the grade.

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