The Sobell trio travelled to the games with the JFAUK National team, which consisted of them, plus a further two judoka; Ross Elliot from Worthing, who took a bronze in the mens -100kg category, and Dundee’s Jason Baird who finished 7th in the mens -81kg category.
The World Sports Games – dubbed ‘The Amateur Olympics’ - are a major international sporting event held every two years, for amateur sportspeople who fall outside the top 100 world rankings. The games are designed to give amateur sports people who do not have access to full time training or funding a chance to compete in a high level and world class event.
The event began on Tuesday 13th June whereby the team took part in a large opening parade and ceremony. During this, the team walked through the streets of Riga with the thousands of other competitors before entering the stadium whereby a show took place to mark the start of the games.
On Wednesday 14th June the team were able to make use of the competition dojo to conduct a light training session to warm up their bodies before the big competition day.
On Thursday 15th June, it was time for each judoka to step on the tatami and attempt to add a world medal to their list of credentials! All in all, the team managed to come away with 2 bronze medals out of 6 competitors at a very high level tournament.
Well done to all team members who took part in this tough event. Team JFAUK, Sam Charalambous and Sam Sampson, along with other Sobell Judoka Lucia Pascali, Hannah Chesham, Karl Summerbell, Alexis Bardini and Alex Charalambous will be returning to the international scene shortly as they will be off to Greece at the end of June for the 2017 Matsuura International Cup!
You can view the Vlog for the World Sports Games Here!