As mentioned in earlier posts, last weekend was the national championships in Sheffield.
It proved to be a bitter sweet weekend for myself winning the Silver medal. After a long 24hours I’ve had time to get used to the idea of losing in the final and to reflect on my performance. All in all the day went really well and I was fighting as well as I can, but made a silly mistake in the final to cost me the Gold medal.
My first fight was against a Scottish opponent and saw me throw him for an ippon in less than a minute into the fight – a good start to the day.
Fight number 2 was against a southern area player and must have been one of the quickest fights of the day. I threw my opponent for ippon in exactly 5seconds. many of my supporters told me later that they looked away for a few seconds and then saw me walking off the mat and were not sure of the result.
fight number 3 was against a player from the west of england, this fight lasted a little longer but as the clocked ticked to a minute I caught the player with a lovely footsweep and again won the fight by ippon.
Fight number 4 was against another southern player and lasted a total of 1minute and 48seconds. I was in the lead with points and threw my opponent twice scoring a wazari which equates to an ippon.
Now into the final I was fighting well and felt in control when I went to ground with my opponent. In a lapse of concentration I looked up for a second, just long eneough for my opponent to take his opportunity to apply a strangle which gave me no choice but to submit or be rendered unconscious. A silly error and an expensive one but one that I will certainly learn from.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who have sent me well wishes to both my home page here and facebook and on msn. Many of the comments have come from people I do not know so can not reply individually to everyone but it is very much appreciated.
As a consolation prize I finally gained my final 10points for my black belt, so just as soon as I can be tested on my theory I will fianlly be a 1st Dan, at long last.
I don’t have any competitions coming up for a while but I’m sure my coach Bill Kelly has a few things lined up for me to do. I’ll share this with you when I know myself.
Finally I’d like to wish good luck to all the players who are going the Junior World championships in Morocco, especially Freya Dechasterlaid, from my home club Wolverhampton.