Hundreds gather for Garioch Judo Festival

Stuart McWatt introduces Commonwealth mdalist James Millar to some of the participants for a masterclass session.
Stuart McWatt introduces Commonwealth mdalist James Millar to some of the participants for a masterclass session.

Once again Garioch Judo hosted their Annual Judo Festival and with the club having increased in size and having pods in other areas such as Alford and Mintlaw there were a record number of players and spectators.

With 160 players and over 300 spectators the Garioch Sports Centre was buzzing on Sunday helped by 40 volunteers including some of the senior youngsters involved with the Club to create a very successful festival.

Coming off the back of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow the festival had two special guests presenting the medals and taking some of the warm-ups throughout the day. The guests were, James Miller, five time British Champion and Commonwealth Bronze medallist along with Matt Purssey, 10 times British Champion and Commonwealth Silver medallist.

Garioch judo wanted to thank all the volunteers as they kept the whole day running smoothly and Gariochs Stuart McWatt said, “Its great to have so many volunteers, including young volunteers putting something back into the Club. I’d like to thank the Garioch Sports Centre for hosting the event and also to Active Schools for their support in allowing us to create a link between the local schools and the Judo clubs.

“This allows us to have busy clubs and create the next generation of athletes. We’d like to congratulate all those taking part whether fighting in the festival or helping out or simply just supporting us and we hope for another successful year in 2015.”