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Ffion & Catrin storm to Gold.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Sunday, November 06, 2005.

The successful Carmarthen judo team.
L-R : Catrin Davies, Ffion Whitefoot, Gareth Davies and Jonathan Earle.
A small team of young fighters from Carmarthen Judo Club, Old Llangunnor Road, recently competed in the West Glamorgan Open Judo Championships held at Maesteg.

The team was made up of two girls and two boys: Ffion Whitefoot, 8 years, was competing in her first open championships in the under 28kg category. She fought very well showing little sign of nerves in front of a capacity crowd. The skills taught her during training were put to good use gaining her the Championship Gold medal.

Catrin Davies, 11 years competed in the under 52kg category and showed devastating form to demolish the opposition. She won the gold medal in her weight group and was undoubtedly the performer of the day. On the way to her Championship success she beat a member of the Welsh National Squad proving she will be a contender for a place in the squad during 2006.

Gareth Davies was probably the unluckiest member of the team. Competing in the under 34kg weight group he gained a bronze medal but had to retire early from the competition with an injury.

Jonathan Earle had the toughest group of the tournament whilst fighting in the under 60kg weight category. The skills he used during the tournament were exceptional but he missed making the medal places by the narrowest of margins.

Louise Beard, club coach, was present at the tournament and was very pleased with the way all the competitors performed, she said "These young people are showing the strength in depth that Judo in Carmarthen has at the moment. There are several other tournaments in the pipeline and I am sure more of the youngsters training at the Dojo (training hall), Old Llangunnor Road, will do Carmarthen proud. Carmarthen Judo Club has produced Welsh and British Internationals including a Commonwealth Medallist but we aim to support all members to their desired level whether it is to maintain fitness or to reach International standard."