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Gold rush at High Wycombe for Ned & Natasha.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Ned Bennett, Natasha Jiwa Walji, Rosie Bennett and in the back coach Louise Beard.
A small team from Carmarthen Judo Club recently attended a mini mon championships at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, a training venue for the British Judo Team.

Mini Mon's are especially for those who have not yet won medals at any National event to give them a fun day out and experience of a major tournament.

Rosie Bennett entered the under 12 year old competition in the under 36kg category. She has been training with Carmarthen Judo Club for a little while and has been graded; however this was her first competition outside the confines of the Club. She fought well and put into practice the techniques and skills learnt at the judo club in Carmarthen. Rosie fought very well and gained a deserved place in the final. Despite putting up a brave fight she narrowly lost but brought the silver medal back to the Club.

Natasha Jiwa Walji entered the under 16 year old competition in the under 52kg category. There were insufficient entries in this weight group so Natasha had to fight girls in a heavier weight group. Despite this handicap she fought very well throwing some opponents for an Ippon Score (the maximum 10 point score) to reach the final. The final proved to be a titanic struggle with each fighter showing skills brought through from training. In the end Natasha won the fight and came back to Carmarthen with a gold medal.

Ned Bennett entered the under 12 year old competition in the under 34kg category. There were so many in this weight group that it was decided to make the competition into a straight knockout. Ned would have to win each fight in turn to progress to the next round; he was up against tough opposition as they were all of a higher grade than him. In his first fight he found the opponent a tough proposition but he got the boy on the ground and held him down to win. Each fight thereafter was difficult but Ned proved he was equal to the task winning each. He reached the final without losing a fight. The final proved to be a test of endurance and skill with Ned coming out on top to take a well deserved gold medal.

The three were watched by their coach Louise Beard who said "Their parents and I were very proud of the demonstration of skill and abilities these children showed today. They proved that training and competing can be rewarding and fun. Judo is an Olympic sport which is growing in popularity and Carmarthen is well placed for young people and adults to take part in the new dojo (training hall) within the Leisure Centre at Johnstown.