06 Sep This Shipp sailed away with a medal…
Brixham College student Josh Shipp won Bronze at the UK School Games held in Loughborough last weekend! Scoring two ippons using tate-shiho-gatame and morote-seoi-nage Josh won his first 2 fights against Scotland and Wales with maximum points. He fought hard in the third fight but lost by a throw to his very strong Scottish opponent. The Semi-final saw Josh have to fight another Judoka from England which with no score on either side after 4 minutes went into Golden Score. The first Judoka to score in this period wins the contest. Sadly Josh missed out as his opponent scored a wazari going into the 6th minute but Josh had done enough to secure his Bronze. A truly valiant effort as Josh is only halfway into his current weight group fighting opponents who were at the top of the weight. Josh is now looking forward to his next big competitions on 23rd September in the Northern Home Counties, followed shortly after by 2 competitions on consecutive days in Emmen and Alkmaar, Holland on the 14th and 15th of October.
The opening ceremony kicked off with BBCs Ben Croucher playing host with inspirational talks from Rugby star Maggie Alphonsi, Athlete Jessica Judd and Paralympian Tim Prendergast. The games has been designed to replicate the experience of a major sporting event. Many of team GB’s medallists in Rio were former school games competitors. The athletes live on campus at Loughborough University for the duration of the games which is the number one sporting university in the World!
Josh said “It was an absolutely fabulous event with hundreds of very talented athletes participating and a truly incredible atmosphere”.