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International success for Carmarthen duo.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Tuesday, December 13, 2006.

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Huw Jenkins & Richard Evans with Andy McGown.
Two members of the Carmarthen Judo Club WISP team have enjoyed considerable successes in tournaments around the world in 2006. Their coach Andy McGown praised the two young men saying "They are a joy to work with and have achieved some fantastic results this year".

Huw Jenkins of Carmarthen (presently with Cymru Cyntaf) travelled to Italy in May of this year where he fought against Internationals from all over the World. The tournament was a great spectacle and Huw was excited to be there. He showed his usual ability and won through the early rounds and into the final. The final was a titanic struggle where both competitors were pulling out all the stops, however, it was Huw who was finally successful and won Gold in his weight group.

Richard Evans of Llansteffan (currently with Felin Gelli Rural Training Farm) joined Huw at the Italian tournament and also put up a terrific performance. He didn't allow the journey to Italy or the huge venue put him off his Judo, he tore through the opposition in the early rounds reaching the final in style. The final was a competitive match with both men gaining some small scores before Richard gained the upper hand and won the title. In October he attended the Clacton International festival of sport and entered two weight groups against quality opposition from all over the UK and Europe. Richard showed considerable stamina and came away with a Silver and Bronze medal.

Finally, for this year, he recently attended the Scottish Open Championships where once again the competition was fierce. Throughout the day Richard showed patience and talent to defeat each opponent and once again reach the final of a major tournament. This fight was the best of the day with everyone in the knowledgeable audience applauding each throw or hold. It was to Richards credit that he stayed the course narrowly losing a wonderful final. He came home, tired, but very pleased with his silver medal.

Richard has also one other accolade to his name this year in that he has been picked to represent the British Team to compete at the Special Olympics in Shanghai, China. The Olympics will be taking place in October next year and everyone at the club wishes Richard well at the ultimate arena for amateurs.