Kilbowie Primary: Judo pupil Jack Docherty dreams big after gold medal

The mother of a rising Clydebank judo star admits her son dreams of winning Commonwealth and Olympic medals after winning his first gold medal in a competition.

Laura Docherty’s son Jack, 11, won the first medal of his age group at the Scottish National Championships in Largs on Sunday November 6.

Jack has been competing in judo since the age of six after a local club visited his school at Kilbowie Primary to give pupils an introduction to the Japanese martial art.

Laura says that from that day Jack was hooked on the sport – joining the Antonine Club in Duntocher – and now trains with various clubs across Clydebank and Glasgow up to five times a week.

Addressing the JobLaura, from Parkhall, revealed her son never misses a session.

She said: “Sometimes I’ll say, because he has a little sister who’s only five, and I’ll say, ‘Jack, do you want to miss tonight?’ and he will say ‘No!’

“It’s dedication.

“And he’s gotten so many great messages since winning.”

Mum Laura insists she must learn to keep her emotions in check as she watches her baby boy fight on the mat and describes she just let it all out when Jack won.

She added: “When I wake up the morning of a competition, especially a Scottish competition, the minute I open my eyes the nerves are ridiculous.

Clydebank Post: Jack couldn't withdraw his gold and even hoped for a cheeky reduction at Nando because of itJack couldn’t withdraw his gold and even hoped for a cheeky reduction at Nando because of it (Picture: NewsQuest)

“I feel sick, I can’t watch him, even when he’s going to warm up because it’s a very individual sport.”

“I literally ran from the stands, he was giving his coach a hug but I just felt this raw emotion. I was crying, some of the other mums were crying. He did a great job.

Laura described how Jack hasn’t taken back his gold medal since winning it – even expecting a discount at Nando’s when he was treated to dinner due to his win.

Kilbowie Primary student Jack Fraser also enjoyed success in the competition, winning the bronze medal behind Jack.

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said: “Both pupils have done very well. Congratulations to both boys.”

Jack’s judo took over the UK in places like Inverness, Aberdeen and London – where he won bronze in an international competition – and the next year, aged 12, he will travel to Sweden to compete.

And his mum knows her competitive boy has big dreams and big plans for a future in the sport.

She finished: “He wants to be Commonwealth champion and Olympic champion and then eventually he wants to have his own judo club one day.”