Over Easter 20 athletes from Westerleigh Judokwai were in Holland with a team of coaches and volunteers to compete in the Pan-Disability World championships and the Pan-Disability European Championships.
The team returned having achieved overwhelming success and the club can now boast three World champions and nine European champions. Senior coach Paul Everest emphasised how happy he was with the outcome of the competition, he said: “I feel, as do all our coaches and volunteers, very proud of each and everyone of our athletes. It is a real privilege to be able to coach both children and adults who work incredibly hard to overcome their disability and show the World that disability isn’t a barrier to sport.
“As a result of our amazing success we now have invitations to compete in Finland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Brazil.”
Westerleigh is always looking for sponsors and supporters: “If anybody would like to support Westerleigh and our athletes to be able to continue competing in the UK and abroad they can get in touch with my wife Paula on 07926 578027 or email Westerleighjudo@hotmail.co.uk ,” Paul said.
Westerleigh would like to thank the following people and companies who sponsored the coach, Travel and kit and made it possible for these athletes to compete in these competitions: Magdalen & Lasher Charity, Isobel Blackman Foundation, Mrs A Lacy Tate Trust, Battle Rotary, Hastings Lions, Lawler & Davis, Mick Gould and The Dreamers.
World Championship results
James Everest Gold – World Champion
Neisha Potter-Goble Gold – World Champion
Ben Warbuton Gold – World Champion
Billy Burt Silver
Holly Tadman Silver
Daniel Amel-Azizpour Bronze
Sarah Avery Bronze
Isabelle Everest Gold – European Champion
Finley Dawes Gold – European Champion
Neisha Potter-Goble Gold – European Champion
Noah Lingfield Gold – European Champion
Zara Leahey Gold – European Champion
Jean Wingate Gold – European Champion
Holly Tadman Gold – European Champion
Rupert Mitchell Gold – European Champion
David Wilson Gold – European Champion
Sarah Avery Silver
Nick Hicks Silver
Ben Warbuton Bronze
Daniel Amel – Azizpour Bronze
James Everest Bronze
Billy Burt Bronze
Anna Wilkinson Bronze
Lewis Dargan Bronze
Luke Leahey Bronze