Wow! More major success!!!
Yesterday was the Adaptive British Open Championships and we could not be prouder of our team! Many individuals and teams packed the stunning stadium to take part. Competitors from Germany, France Norway, and of course Great Britain just to name a few!
First up we had our reigning and 2-time British Champion Neil Bennett finding himself as the lower grade in his category once again. Working a solid gameplan and utilising the ability to adapt and overcome, all Neils hard work certainly paid off as he won all his contest to claim his 3rd British Championship in a row!!!
What makes this more incredible is Neil only started Judo in January 2016 at the age of 43. Already capturing 3 National championships competing against much higher grades. Neil has unlocked the opportunity to compete for potential European and World Championships in 2019. Hard work pays off, dreams do come true.
Next up we had Jake Pasquill who at just 9 years old finds himself at such a prestige event! Jake is a true inspiration to his team and coaches with his positive demeanour and beaming smile! Jake has worked hard which has included training sessions with the British Paralympic team. Yesterday was truly one of Jakes greatest performances as he applied a great game plan and applied all instructors from myself in his corner. Jake secured a truly earned Silver medal Just missing out on Gold by a minor score to a much higher graded opponent. Again, an incredible story as Jake has only been in the sport for 2 years and finds himself competing in this major event.
Many opportunities for Jake have presented himself such as an invite to join The England Squad program which is a development program aiming to prepare players with the necessary technical, tactical, physical, mental and lifestyle attributes to progress through the GB Pathway onto the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) and achieve success at senior international level.
Jake Has the opportunity to also continue training with the Visually impaired British team and aspire for Paralympic level.
So proud of these two inspirational individuals!
Congrats to Neil and Jake.
A major thank you to all the team, players, coaches and parents. Ross Goodwin for all his coaching and hard work for these two. Ray Pasquill for his support of Jake and Neil at yesterdays event
Proud to be Keidokwai. 76 years of Judo excellence!