Students overthrow competition at tournament

Published: 25 November 2014 at 11:22

Talented Anglia Ruskin judokas win three medals at London Area championships

Judokas from Anglia Ruskin University won two gold medals and a silver at an area championships on Sunday.

Five Anglia Ruskin competitors, ranging from international medallists to a beginner, took part in the London Area Universities and Colleges Senior Open, held at the University of East London.

The judokas will all be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Danny Williams, the third year BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching student, who won gold at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Serbian international Mateja Glusac, a first-year undergraduate student studying Computer Science, took gold despite fighting a weight group up from his normal level. He won all his fights by a maximum score of ippon.

Gold also went to the youngest member of the team, Ben Caldwell, who studies a BTEC in Sport at Suffolk New College. Ben, 17, from Felixstowe, combines his BTEC with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, led by the British Judo Association, at Anglia Ruskin.

After the contest, Ben said:

“I am really happy to have won all of my fights with the techniques I have been working on with my coaches at Anglia Ruskin. It has shown that the hard work pays off.”

Paulius Gumbrevicius, who studies Criminology, won silver in the under-73kg weight group. Adam Hughes, who studies Sports Coaching and Physical Education, fought for the first time and finished fifth, whilst third-year Optometry student James Bayliss finished ninth in the 66kg category.

Judo programme manager at Anglia Ruskin, Bob Challis, said:

“It was a good day for the athletes, they all fought well.
“This event gave us a chance to look at players from other universities before the main British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships in February.  We’re now working towards the British championships in December and the university championships after that.”