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Emyr clintches elusive Welsh title.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
The Championships was divided into three age groups under 12 years, under 16 years and over 16.
Sally Williams was fighting in the under 16 years age group and in the under 44kg weight category. She put up a splendid performance getting to the final in a highly charged atmosphere – unfortunately she lost by the smallest of margins but returned to Carmarthen with a well deserved Silver medal.
Jon Walters, fighting in the under 12 years age group and in the under 34kg weight group found himself in a strong group. He put up an excellent performance, trying techniques learnt at the Club, and reached the final. It was unfortunate that he lost in the final but nonetheless came home with the silver medal.
Gareth Davies, fighting in the under 16 years age group and under 50kg weight group, fought in a group where the fights were won and lost by the narrowest of margins. He fought well to take the bronze medal position.
Kate Walters, fighting in the under 16 years age group and under 57kg weight category, was again in a group which was separated by the smallest of margins. She put up a good performance bringing home a bronze medal.
Catrin Davies, fighting in the under 16 years age category and under 63kg weight category fought well on the day. She defeated everyone put in front of her and made it through to the final with ease. The final was a titanic affair which Catrin won and brought home the Welsh Title to Carmarthen.
There were five senior fighters taking part from the Club, the first was Catrin DAVIES who won the gold in the under 16 year old category. She put up a good performance in the senior category and, despite not being in the medals, returned to Carmarthen with a creditable 5th place.
Tom Wood fighting in the under 66kg category found the going tough and despite not finishing in the medal positions he came 5th on the day.
Alex HUGHES fighting in the under 81kg weight group put up a splendid performance in his first Welsh Championship. He was the least experienced in his weight group but he showed glimpses of form which, if acted upon, will give him future success. He reached the medals returning to Carmarthen with a bronze medal.
The final competitor was Emyr Ap Sion who has finished second in these championships on a number of occasions. However this turned out to be Emyrs day – fighting with grit, determination and skill he took on the best Wales had to offer and beat them to reach the final. In the final he met a seasoned performer who was tough to fight but he won and brought home the title of Welsh Champion to Carmarthen. Not content with taking the title he also fought in the open (open to all regardless of weight) and took home a bronze medal.
To cap what was a wonderful day for Carmarthen and Emyr the Welsh Judo Association picked Emyr as the male fighter of the day and presented him with a trophy with a host of Welsh fighter’s names on it.
The fighting was watched by Louise Beard, Carmarthen’s coach and she said “It is good to see Carmarthen’s fighters doing so well and our congratulations go to all who participated – especially Emyr who surpassed all expectations. With our new up to date home within the leisure centre we can develop and we hope to see many more take part in these events and bring medals home to Carmarthen.” The club is open to all from 5 years upwards and has its own web site at www.carmarthenjudoclub.co.uk.