Congratulations to the Sobell team who travelled with JFAUK to the Matsuura International’s Cup in Thessaloniki, Greece. Growing year on year, this regular event on the WJF international circuit drew competitors from the UK, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Syria, Macedonia, and a large team from Serbia.
From the Sobell judo club, Gold medals went to Alex Charalambous and Sacha McClean, and Karl Summerbell whilst silver medals went to Fionn Rowan and Lucian Buleandra and Bronze medals went to Jonathan Coe and Andreas Kouyialis, who unfortunately had to withdraw in the semi-final due to injury.
Other judoka from JFAUK who competed were Ross Elliot taking a silver and Dave Dalby-Webb, however there was no medal achieved during his international debut.
In addition to the tournament an international training camp was led by JFAUK President & Chairman of the WJF Referee committee, Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) and Chairman of the WJF Technical Committee Alfredo Vismara (9th Dan).
Supporting the team was WJF international Referees Samuel Betu (6th Dan) and Rob Elliot (5th Dan) as well as Midland area representative Dave Hammond (5th Dan).