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Trent were able to field three competitors into the HMC Independent Schools Boys Judo Championships for the first time last weekend, with Jamie in Year 13 aiming to clinch his fourth title in five years competing alongside brothers Euan (Year 7) and Adam Hughes (Year 8) from Lower School.
As well as competing, Jamie took on the role of coach to the younger judokas, a responsibility that he relished and one that the Hughes brothers benefited from enormously.
Euan started with a good win in his first contest in the U42kg weight category and this calmed his nerves a little. Technically he fought well, but came up against two stronger opponents in his remaining fights. He fought well on the ground, but was not able to match their strength with the throws. However, his first round win was enough to secure him a well-deserved Bronze medal.
Euan’s older brother, Adam, had a somewhat easier route to a medal as there was only one other fighter in his weight category. Both boys were then promoted to the weight category above, a valuable albeit tough experience for them. Adam also fought well technically, but could not match the size and strength exhibited by his heavier opponents. Despite losing his first two fights, Adam made his opponents work hard for the wins. In his final fight, he suffered a shoulder injury that left him no option but to retire, however he still won the Silver Medal in his weight category.
Jamie's category was the last to fight and he continued his formidable competition form from previous years. He fought close to his best, despite the number of injuries he sustained through the rugby term at Trent. His victory was his fourth in five years and is a truly remarkable achievement for him.
The overall results saw Harrow School win the most points across the competition at Senior level and Westminster School winning the most points at the Junior level. Perhaps the most coveted award though was awarded to Jamie for his “fighting spirit” throughout the competition, which included his coaching of a junior team, his support in the fights and his impressive performance in the Final.
The School are incredibly proud of what Jamie, Euan and Adam have achieved at the competition and we hope that our success in Judo will continue in the future.