Dan Hankinson Returned home to St Annes Keidokwai Judo Club where he started his journey in 2015!!
He returned with his tenth GOLD medal after his stunning performance this past weekend.
Dan has proved to be one of the hardest workers at Keidokwai and he is the clubs current most active competitor. He attends all Keidokwai Weekly sessions in St Annes & Blackpool as well as regular visiting other clubs during the week.
In his very short time in the sport, Dan already has an impressive list of credentials which include 10 Gold, 6 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Along with this, he has won multiple championships such as the Lancashire title, and other prestige titles in Craven, Sheffield and Kendal. Following all this Dan has the honour of earning Blackpool Keidokwai player of the year 2 years running in both 2016 and 2017 being only the second person in the 76-year history to earn this back to back! All these credentials in less than 3 years
Dan first made a name for himself when he Became the Lancashire Judo champion at the start of 2017 which included 2 dominate victories over Blue belts. Dan was only an orange belt at the time and found himself as the lowest senior grade to have made the Regional Squad. On the same day, Dan entered an open grade & and weight tournament defeating green, blue and brown belts storming to the finals!
No talent here, just hard work, passion and dedication.
Dan competes once again for the Lancashire Championship this Sunday and again in October for his first National event as a blue belt!
Dan’s coach; Ross promises that there are many exciting things lined up for Dan in upcoming months that will be announced very soon.