Team Bath judo players collected three titles at the British Closed Championships at Sheffield at the weekend.
Jan Gosiewski and Tom Reed both impressed in taking gold medals in the senior competition at under-73kg and under-81kg respectively. Gosiewski is a University of Bath Mechanical Engineering graduate and Reed is a Business Administration graduate.
There was also a gold in the under-90kg junior competition for Sam Potts, a Sports Performance student at the University.
Pharmacy graduate Kate Walker won silver in the senior women’s under-63kg class. Sports Performance student Natasha Maslen won silver in the under-70kg class in the junior competition.
Andy Burns, a Coach Education and Sports Development graduate, took bronze in the men’s senior under-90kg class, with Sports Performance graduate Adam Hall taking bronze at under-100kg and Megan Fletcher winning bronze in the women’s under-70kg.
Reed, Burns, Fletcher and Walker return to action at World Cup events next weekend with the goal of scoring ranking points that could help them qualify for 2012.
The men compete in Tbilisi in Georgia while the women are in Sofia, Bulgaria. Reed and Fletcher are both members of the British teams, but Burns and Walker are self-funding their participation.
Juergen Klinger, head judo coach at the University of Bath, said “It’s tough for the self-funded athletes, but they have a real passion to try to qualify for the Olympics.
“It’s also good to see some young players coming through and doing well in the junior championships, it shows we’re doing a good job here. There’s a good atmosphere in the group here and we’re moving forward.”
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