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JUDO STAR CERI JOINS THE ELITE
Source : Carmarthen Journal, Wednesday January 3, 2001.
Carmarthen Judo Club member Ceri Griffiths is celebrating more than usual this festive season, he has been chosen, by the Sports Council for Wales, to join the Elite Cymru group of athletes. These have in the past included stars like Colin Jackson and Jamie Baulch.
Ceri, the 2000 Commonwealth Bronze medallist, will receive a cash grant to help him prepare for an attend major Internationals as well as the services of specialist trainers at the Olympic Training venue in the National Institute of Sport, Cardiff.
He has worked hard in the last two years since winning the British Youth title to become a force in the British Senior circuit. In the last two years he has won several major titles within the UK, represented Britain and Wales at overseas Internationals culminating in his superb bronze medal at the Commonwealth.
Mark Griffiths, Ceri’s brother and a coach at Carmarthen Judo Club, Old Llangunnor Road, said, “It has been a long hard road to reach this accolade.
“It is a tribute to Ceri’s talent that he has been able to compete at International level without any serious financial assistance. Everyone at the club wishes him greater success in the future.”
Ceri said, “I am over the moon with this recognition and assistance.
“However, I will not have to step up a gear in training and competing. I will be attending internationals on a regular basis from Eastern Europe to America and still need further sponsorship to clinch medal positions and hopefully rankings within Europe as well as the United Kingdom.
“I would like to thank Carmarthen Judo Club for their support and other bodies like Carmarthenshire County Council who have been kind enough to assist me with small grants. I would also like to thank my parents for their support both financially and personally together with my brother who remains my technical coach.”