Inverurie’s rising judo star Stuart McWatt took home a well-deserved silver medal from the Deva Junior European Judo Cup in Romania on Sunday, (August 23).
Stuart, who was fighting at -81kg, has had an impressive year with six European Judo Cup medals and he used the competition in Deva as an opportunity to work on his technical skills.
Styart said, “I was working on some new stuff. The main thing was working on getting the first grip and controlling the grip and then just work stuff off of that. We’ve done a lot of technical work and it was just a chance to try it out and see if it was working or not.”
The former Garioch Judo club judoka is now looking forward to competing at the Junior European Judo Championships in Austria next month (September 18-20) and has taken confidence from his results this year.
He added, “It is good to know I can medal at these events.
“I sort of came into this year wanting maybe one or two medals and try to qualify but to get the medals that I’ve had is good and hopefully I can do the same at Europeans.”