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Northern Ireland judo players earn medal haul at Commonwealth Championships

Some of Northern Ireland's medal winners from the recent Commonwealth Judo Championships
Some of Northern Ireland's medal winners from the recent Commonwealth Judo Championships

A superb team performance saw Northern Ireland take home 13 medals from the recent Commonwealth Judo Championships in Walsall.

Of the 41 players competing at the Championships last week, 13 of them returned home with medals having defeated competition from over 20 countries.

In total, Northern Ireland walked away with two gold medals, three silvers and eight bronzes from the event, held at the University of Wolverhampton's campus in Walsall.

That was good enough to help the team, as a whole, finish in fifth on the overall medal table.

As well as being strongly represented on the medal charts, Northern Ireland also sent two referees and two table officials to the Championships.

Northern Ireland Judo Federation chairman Bill Taggart commented: "We’re delighted not only with the results, but the way our players conducted themselves in victory or defeat was a massive accolade to them and the sport.

"The team outperformed expectations and this is down to the hard work put in at the clubs with the coaches. Although you compete as an individual there is always a team behind you in the preparation.

"On behalf of everyone in the Federation I would like to congratulate all the players, coaches, officials and supporters for representing Northern Ireland so well."

Judo offers many opportunities to train or volunteer and you can train for fun, fitness or competition, and if you want to find out more about getting involved with the sport, you can visit nijudo.com.

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