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Judo club throws party as Mayor visits

JUDO JOY ... front, the Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson presents the Player of the Year trophy to South Shields Judokawis Joshua Youd, while Tom Foster, chairman of South Shields Judo Club, presents Meghan Roeves with her award.

JUDO JOY ... front, the Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson presents the Player of the Year trophy to South Shields Judokawis Joshua Youd, while Tom Foster, chairman of South Shields Judo Club, presents Meghan Roeves with her award.

South TYNESIDE judo stars laid out the welcome mat for South Tyneside’s Mayor at their annual awards evening.

South Shields Judo Club and Judokwai won the civic seal of approval as Coun Ernest Gibson dropped by to present a clutch of trophies to top-performing youngsters.

Coun Gibson was delighted to throw his support behind the work of the club – as he himself is the proud owner of a black belt.

The keen judo enthusiast handed out 10 trophies in the specially-created Mayor’s Awards at the evening at Hedworth Hall in South Shields, which also doubled up as the club’s Christmas party.

Four awards were nominated by the young winners’ fellow martial artists, and six further recommendations were made by the club’s coaches.

A whole host of other awards were given out during the celebration.

Coun Gibson, who trained in the sport for 16 years, said: “It was a pleasure to hand out the trophies to the young people of South Shields Judo Club, and a privilege that they named a series of awards in honour of the Mayor.

“Judo is a great way for young people to stay active and make lifelong friendships.”

South Shields Judo Club currently has more than 100 active members, and they meet at Ocean Road Community Centre, South Shields.

Club coach Tom Foster said: “The four winners who were nominated by their fellow members should be very proud of their achievements, as there’s nothing more rewarding than to be honoured by your peers.

“Everyone is being rewarded for their efforts and diligence week after week.

“They are a credit to the club and more importantly, a credit to themselves.

“The winners will hopefully act as role models and give the other associates a benchmark to aspire towards.

“The whole sporting club is proud to represent the borough, and always welcomes new members to join the team.”

If anyone fancies trying their hand at judo, call 4525624 or 07725 111056.

Alternatively, you can e-mail southshieldsjudoclub@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.southshieldsjudoclub.co.uk

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