Anglia Ruskin University students show their steel in Sheffield

Published: 25 January 2011 at 14:31

Danny and Josh celebrate double success at British Judo Trials

Anglia Ruskin University students Danny Williams and Josh Plant are celebrating after they both produced impressive performances at the British Judo Trials in Sheffield.

Danny, who began a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching (European Judo Union) in August, won the senior men’s U73kg class after beating Team Bath’s Jan Gosiewski in the final.

A member of Team 2012, a programme designed to support talented young athletes in the run-up to the London Olympics, Danny is combining studying at Anglia Ruskin with training full time at Camberley Judo Club in Surrey.  

The British No 1, who is originally from Wolverhampton, is hoping to build on a successful 2010 season which saw him finish seventh at the European Championships as well as represent Great Britain in the World Judo Championships in Tokyo.

Sports Coaching (European Judo Union) Course Leader Bob Challis said:

“It is fantastic that Danny can attend a course relevant to his ambitions here at Anglia Ruskin and still train at Camberley Judo Club, as this is arguably the best training environment in the country right now.”

On Danny’s success at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Bob said:

“I would hope this would mean that he will be selected for the European Championships in April, the World Championships in September and possibly the World University Games in August, but this is a very tight weight group and they may decide to spread the international exposure.”

Josh, a first year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Eductaion student, based at University Campus Peterborough, was competing in the Under-20s British Trials and won a bronze medal in the U100kg division.

Originally from Leicester and a member of the Red Phoenix Judo Club in Nuneaton, Josh’s success will see him move up from the England squad to the Great Britain Under-20s squad.