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Emma claims fourth at World Masters Championships.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Monday, December 30, 2013.

A young lady from Carmarthen has recently returned from the United Arab Emirates where she competed, as part of the Great Britain Team, in the World Veterans Championships. Emma Jones, who trains at Carmarthen Judo Club, was chosen to attend the World Championships and was supported by the Judo Club and the Territorial Army, at Carmarthen, where she is based.

During the competition, almost 700 competitors (696) from 56 countries participated in the fifth edition of the World Judo Veterans Championships in Abu Dhabi. This year, the event had a particular taste as it was organized right after the Judo Grand Prix and the competition benefited from using the same facilities as one of the top International Judo Federation World Judo Tour events.

Over the three days, an enthusiastic crowd saw an array of categories contested as veteran world champions were designated.

The first day is usually dedicated to the women and the older generations. - Andrei Bondor, Chair of the World Veterans Association said: "This is important. It illustrates the respect that is part of the DNA of our sport. It's a strong message to society, saying that you can practice judo at any age. The oldest competitor here was 84 years old. Beyond everything, it is a strong symbol that judo is an activity that fits to every age categories. The two other competition days also features top level athletes that retired from international level the only difference being the age difference and maybe just a little less intensity. But the will to win and to give of your best prevails, always in a very friendly and respectful way. They also had the chance to compete live on TV in the whole U.A.E."

Emma found the whole event to be a fantastic opportunity to fight the best athletes in the World and meet other people from all over the globe. Her fights proved to be tough and Emma lost to the eventual Gold and Silver medallists, however she - as usual - put in an outstanding performance and was eventually awarded fourth place.

Louise Beard, one of Carmarthen's Club Coaches said "This proves that Carmarthen is heading in the right direction with its training, to have Emma come back to Carmarthen with a fourth in a World Championship event is fantastic for Judo, especially the development of our younger athletes." Everyone at the Club congratulated Emma on an outstanding performance and warmly welcomed her back to training.