A QUARTET of judo players from North East Wales have made their mark on the national stage.
For the first time in three years. the British National Masters Championships were held in Surrey, with judokas from across the country competing.
Julian Pae, Andy Lloyd, Steve Evans and Mark Creegan of the Mold Judo Club participated in the event and they showed a tremendous display of athleticism and judo to win three medals between them.
First under 100kg player and 3rd Dan Andy Lloyd endured grueling fights and fierce competition.
Winning his last fight of the day was enough to secure the bronze medal.
Julian Pae and Steven Evans found themselves in a split pool in the under 90kg section, which was bursting with talent.
Pae won two fights and lost in the semis, but a bronze medal was a great reward.
Evans fought on until the final, where he met a former opponent from the day’s competition, whom he had already beaten.
Determined for revenge, this player caught Steve with a solid throw and club member Mold had to settle for the cash.
Under 81kg player Mark Creegan had a very tough competition and despite a brave effort and brilliant judo, he just missed out on the podium.
All three medalists have earned a spot on the 2022 GB Masters squad.
Flintshire is home to two judo clubs.
Deeside Judo Club, based in Coleg Cambria, trains on Thursday evenings.
The Mold club trains at the Mold Leisure Center on Friday evenings.
For more information, please visit the Flintshire Judo Facebook page.
Both clubs are currently open to new members.