Scholarship for Excellence in Sport Sponsored by Alton Lions Club (CIO) Report from this year’s student LUCY WILLIAMS May 2019
The last year has been full of ups and downs; it began with glandular fever which put me out of judo training for several months and ended up with being talent spotted by a University!
Between March and June 2018 most of my judo consisted of coaching the younger judoka, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Competitions started again in June with the Kent International, where I took a Silver medal. This was the beginning of my come back from illness.
With the support of the Alton Lions funding, September saw me spending most weekends in Europe competing in The International Hainault Cup (Silver),Tornooi Van de Middenkurst (Silver) and the Ranking Open Van Brabant (Silver). These competitions were a good stepping stone to move up to the Junior section of judo.
October saw me attending the Welsh Junior Open in Cardiff. This was a tough competition, with some very experienced players in my group. I fought hard and managed a 5th place which gave me my first ever ranking points as a junior competitor. November was full of extra training sessions, getting ready for Nationals in December. Unfortunately, three weeks before I was due to compete, I badly sprained my ankle, ending up on crutches!! My coach wanted to pull me from the competition but with lots of determination and will power I managed to recover sufficiently to fight with my ankle strapped for support and again took another 5th place. This helped to put me 7th in the country for my age and weight.
More training followed, with more rehab with a physiotherapist which I was able to fund via my scholarship money. March saw me compete at the English Junior open where this time I managed a superb 2nd place.
Over this year I have also completed my Level one judo coaching course and have 80 points towards my 2nd Dan Grade….only 20 points to go!
Two weeks ago, I was also talent-spotted by Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge who have offered me a Judo scholarship, which I have readily accepted.
The continued support from the Alton Lions has helped me achieve so much over the last two years and I would like to whole heartedly thank them.