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Welsh title for Chris.
Source : Louise Beard, Friday, May 13, 2005.

The successful Carmarthen judo team.
L-R : Tom Wood (Silver), Chris Wyatt (Gold) & Emyr ap Sion (Silver).
Picture by Simon Wood © 2005.
Six members of Carmarthen Judo Club recently took part in the Welsh National Championships at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff last weekend and were very successful in gaining one gold and two silver medals.

Christopher Wyatt, 15, was competing for the last time as at the junior (-16) level. His aim of gaining a Welsh title was achieved in an impressive. Chris used his experience to beat all his opponents with ippon scores to claim the u73kg title.

Emyr ap Sion, 19, fought impressively through the early rounds, throwing all his opponents for ippon, to reach the u81kg menís final, where he faced a very experienced former Welsh Commonwealth representative. The final was one of the best of the day. Emyr showed great skills using a variety of techniques and showing tremendous stamina. The contest was evenly balanced and went the full five minutes without either competitor gaining a score. The contest moved into Golden Score, first score would win. Emyr continued to try hard, but was unfortunate to be beaten by the smallest of margins. He brought home a well deserved silver medal.

Tom Wood, 17, competed in the menís u60kg weight group. Tom was looking to defend the title he had won last year. He began the tournament in emphatic style, winning his first round matches with ippon throws within 30 seconds. He continued to battle well and reached the final. The final was another close affair and Tom had to settle for the silver medal following an arm-lock.

Three members failed to reach the final stages of the competition and gain a place in the medals. Sam Richards, 10, in his first Welsh Championships gained some excellent experience and showed a growing confidence in his judo skills. Jonathan Earle, 14, fought well but found his opponents too awkward on the day. The only female member of the team was Heledd Sion, 15, fighting in the junior category for the final time. She fought hard, winning one contest with ippon, but could not progress to the next round.

Members of the club represent Carmarthen Judo Club on a regular basis. Their skills and experience are developing, and its good to see that they are winning medals to prove how well they are doing.