The All Ireland Judo Championships 2010 took place last Sunday 31st January in the Galway lawn Tennis Club in Salthill. It was a fantastic event with more than 120 entries of players of all ages from children aged 5 to Adults. This competition was hosted by the Renmore Rapid Judo Club and was very well organised, they would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition and especially thanking all the volunteers who helped make the day such a success.
As Judo Ireland has such a large number of Rural Clubs such as Shrule, Annaghdown, Lecarrow, Connemara Judo Club in Letterfrack and the Gaeltacht Clubs in Spiddal and Lettermullen it was most fitting that there to present the prizes on the day was the Minister for Rural and Gaeltacht affairs Minister Eamon O Cuiv. Also present was a long time friend and supporter of the Rennmore Rapid Judo Club T.D. Frank Fahy along with Councillor Catherine Connolly who has a history with Judo in Galway City as her children have been involved with Judo for many years. It was a great boost for Galway Judo to have such support from both Local and National Politicians.
All did very well on the day with An Spidéal getting 16 medals, Leitir Mulláin getting 11 medals, Renmore getting 13 medals, Lecarrow getting 4 medals and for the first time ever entering a Judo Ireland Compteition from the Letterfrack (our newest) Club Joshua McGoin took home a Gold medal. The Ennis Club came out in force on the day and took home 6 medals, Grant Irwin from the Ashbourne Club did very well taking home a bronze , Amanda O Leary from Kyoto Club in Cork took silver while Anatole Roze took Gold and Simon Maksimchyk took silver both are from the Leixlip Club .
Once again all players showed huge improvement from recent events, the standard of Judo in Ireland has improved so much that Judo Ireland have been invited to bring a team of Junior players (under 18 years) to take part in a Regional Competition in Poland this April. The qualifications for this team, is based on the success of players at all open competitions in the last year with a special emphasis on the 2010 All Ireland Judo Competition finalists. This encouraged the children to work even harder than ever to try to secure their place on the Team, as a result every club that entered the competition brought home at least one medal winner.
Offers are now been given out this week to the successful players who have qualified for the trip to Poland and their names will be announced shortly. Congratulations to all the successful candidates.