Fighting for success: national achievements for judo duo
Nicole Wood (Year 7) and Jemima Cadge (Year 6) have qualified for the British Schools Judo Championships. The Berkhamsted pupils competed at the regionals and took two podium places with Nicole winning gold and Jemima silver.
The prestigious Championships takes place 17-18 March at the English Institution of Sport, Sheffield. Organised by the sport’s governing body, the competition includes the most skilled judokas in the country aged 10-18.
Jemima, who took up Judo three years ago said “The Regional Schools Qualifiers on Sunday was a fantastic day and I am pleased with the way I fought. To have qualified for the 2018 British Schools Championships in Sheffield is exciting. This is the first year I am able to take part. It takes place at the English Institute of Sport, it’s a huge event!”
Both Nicole and Jemima are involved with Rush Judo. They credit their club and the coaches for the enthusiasm and commitment, helping them and many others to achieve their potential.
Nicole’s judo story started in 2016 with an opportunity at Pipers Corner School to try the sport for the first time. Coaches recognised her talent and she soon joined Rush Judo in Berkhamsted. By 2017, having already won medals at every local & regional competition, Nicole won bronze at the British Schools Championship and silver at the British Minors Championships in Wales also in 2017.
Both Nicole and Jemima have been selected for REDS (Regional England Development Squad) with 12 sessions throughout the year. Their training will focus on co-ordination and developing their technical abilities. The girls will travel throughout the UK and Ireland to enter up to 17 competitions in total.
Alison Anker, Head of New Stede at Berkhamsted Girls said, “Nicole joined earlier in the year and it’s pleasing to see her progression in Judo continue.
“Already involved in sports such as netball and lacrosse, Nicole was always open to trying something new. Now she has an ambition to compete at the very highest level – the Olympic Games.
“Her journey is truly reflective of the School values.”