Bradford judo star wins silver in London

It was another successful trip to London for one of Bradford’s wrestling stars last Saturday, as Steven Singh Takhar won silver at the British Masters Judo Championships.

Takhar is a member of the Bradford Judo Club on Halifax Road and has been involved in the sport for 27 years.

The event itself took place on Saturday October 22 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, London, and Steven was the latest in a long line of Singh family members to shine at national or international level.

Sam, his father represented Great Britain for many years and won a bronze medal at the World Championships in 1975, while his cousin Graham was a British Champion. All followed in the footsteps of their late great-grandparents.

Reflecting on last Saturday’s feat, Steven Singh said: “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved despite the fact that I’ve always been hard on myself. The last time I participated in this competition was in 2018 where I won a bronze medal, but the pandemic hit and I was unable to continue based on what I had planned to do.

“To come back this year and do better by getting the silver; I’m very happy with it. I would like to say thank you to the Bradford Judo Club because they give me a great platform and environment in which to thrive and I am very grateful for that. I will be back at the British Championships next year with the aim of improving once again, so gold will definitely be the target.

It was another opportunity for a fighter to fly the Bradford flag on a national stage, but not only that, Singh was flying the flag for those of British Indian descent.

He said: “It’s always great to represent Bradford, but being a British Indian adds an extra element of pride as there aren’t many Asians who compete in these types of competitions across the country; it’s is a first-hand experience.

“I wish I could inspire the next generation of athletes because that’s what it’s all about now; if they can see us and see us competing well, then that’s an achievement. Also, if the younger generation can see someone of my color representing their city at this point, hopefully this will encourage them to get involved and start the sport It shows that there is a credible path to achieve a good level of judo.”

There is a clear desire for Singh to get better and get the gold he wants, however, he admitted he is ready for his children to make the jump to a sport he and his family love. family.

He said: “This sport has given me so much and it is very special to me for a number of reasons. Firstly it teaches a lot of discipline and respect, there is a code of conduct and that grounds you as a Plus, it’s obviously brilliant for your physical and mental health because you’re always engaged and challenged when you’re competing or training.

“I would love for my children to play this sport and continue in the footsteps of several members of my family. It’s a wonderful sport and I couldn’t imagine a life without it now.”