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Canada trip for judo star.
Source : Carmarthen Journal, Wednesday, May 24, 2000.
The 23 year old, a former pupil of Ysgol Bro Myrddin, was understandably delighted with is selection.
He said “This has come as the icing on the cake to what has been a wonderful start to the millennium for me. I have represented Great Britain in two major international tournaments already this year and recently returned from Ireland where I represented Wales”.
In the last three years Ceri has won many titles including the British under 21 Championships and last year was ranked the third best player in Great Britain.
In addition to his judo career, Ceri gained a BSc in Sports Science at Brighton University and has recently qualified as a fitness instructor.
He became interested in sports science at an early age and left Bro Myrddin to study with Mr Peter Herbert (currently the fitness coach with the Welsh RFU) at Pembrokeshire College.
Ceri will be travelling to Newfoundland with the Welsh team at the end of June; the actual competition will be held on the 1st and 2nd July.
Ceri’s brother Mark Griffiths is a coach at the Carmarthen club and will be travelling to watch the action in Canada.
Mark said: “The whole family is very proud of Ceri’s achievements and everyone in the club should remember that if they have the talent we can nurture champions.”
Mr Gwilym Vanderbrink, senior instructor and club president said, “Ceri has shown the way to all those youngsters who train at Old Llangunnor Road, if you have the ability we can help you succeed. I would just like to wish Ceri the best of luck.”
Ceri will now train in Cardiff, full time, during the next few weeks before the Commonwealth Tournament and said “I can honestly say that Carmarthen Judo Club has sustained and supported me throughout my career. I know they have up and coming talent who, with the right support, can achieve an International level”.
The club has been helped by local organisers such as Carmarthen County Council, Sportlot, Llangunnor Community Council, Dyfed Powys Police as well as National bodies such as the Foundation for Sports and Arts and the Princes Trust.
Ceri had had some financial backing from Carmarthenshire County Council and Sports Aid Wales but will now have to find more assistance to pay for extra training and travelling costs as well as patronage for the trip to Canada.
He is looking for short-term assistance and a long-term sponsor to help him go on from this high point. If anyone can assist please call him on 01267 253 386.