Published: 20 December 2013 at 13:20
Anglia Ruskin student secures sixth national title at English Institute of Sport
Matt Kavanagh, a Law student at Anglia Ruskin University, has landed his sixth national judo title after winning the Under 81kg category at the British Junior Championships in Sheffield.
The second year student, who receives an Anglia Ruskin Sports Scholarship, went into the competition as the No 1 seed and won gold after seeing off his opponents with relative ease. His longest fight lasted just 2:42 minutes, and he beat his two first-round opponents in a combined time of 32 seconds.
Kavanagh’s success at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield resulted in him being one of two Under 81kg judokas to be selected for the 2014 England Junior Judo squad, although his focus is already on 2016 and securing a place in the Great Britain team for the Rio Olympics.
Anglia Ruskin has a thriving judo programme and in addition to offering a degree course specialising in judo, in association with the European Judo Union, Anglia Ruskin has won the men’s judo title at the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships for the last three years. Last month, Anglia Ruskin’s judo squad won the Team of the Year prize at the LIVING SPORT Sports Awards.
Bob Challis, Leader of Anglia Ruskin’s Judo Programme, said: