THREE talented youngsters from the Spilsby Judo Centre managed to get the chance to attend a camp with a full Olympic squad.
Connell Mcgrory from Skengess Academy, James Hyde and Thomas Gledhill travelled to the Kendal Judo Centre over the Christmas period accompanied by David Hereward (club coach at Spilsby and Olympic camp support coach), who also organised the trip.
The three boys were involved in top class Randori sessions, as well as various outdoor based fitness sessions, these consisted of fell running, log carrying and the famous castle games renowned for its cardio and strength related activities which is the highest physical standard of any Olympian.
David Hereward, coach said: “When the boys arrived they were awe inspired by the amount of Olympians in the building. The whole of the Olympic team past and present alongside world champions were in attendance at the camp, yet all three took it in their stride once they started the training.
“Opportunities like this for young people don’t often happen but working with GB elite coaches in the past, I managed to persuade the powers that be to give the boys an experience of a lifetime at such a young age.
“All three boys worked tirelessly in every one of the sessions. Head Olympic coaches Daniel Lascau and Billy Cussack congratulated the boys at the end of the camp for their hard work and attitude.”
David believes that all youngsters should be given the best opportunities and runs the centre in Spilsby on a non-profit basis where he works full-time.
The aim of the centre is to provide the community with a base for judo, kickboxing and fitness training.
And the centre in Spilsby is a holding camp in the February half-term for all budding Judokas.
David would like to congratulate the three boys for the outstanding way they conducted themselves on the camp and hopes this experience will give them incite into the possibilities of achievement through the wider world of sport.