Bungay based judo club celebrate year of success at awards night

Black Dog Judo Club's awards gala

Black Dog Judo Club's awards gala - Credit: Black Dog Judo Club

A Bungay judo club has threw a night of celebration at its annual awards gala.

The national award winning Black Dog Judo Club held its presentations for 2016 recently with more than 120 members gathering to enjoy a night to celebrate the club’s success.

Volunteers spent a couple of days transforming the club’s permanent dojo into a venue suitable for a glitzy and glamorous evening of awards, food, games and dancing.

Members aged from just three to 70 years old enjoyed the evening, which included a shock appearance of double Olympian and former world champion Craig Fallon who handed out the awards.

Among the awards saw Niamh Southgate win the overall best female award for a year in which she went undefeated in all major national competitions.

The 12 year old became British Champion in 2016 and also made the England squad for the first time.

The best male award went to Oliver Purllant who had a great year winning medals at national ranking competitions.

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At the 2016 British Championships he moved up to the cadet age group where at just 14 years old, he proved himself equal to those three years older than him.

They were just two of a whole host of awards to be presented on the night.

Head coach Mark Purllant, said: “Such is the positivity around the club that new classes are now being organized and school taster sessions are under way to promote the sport of Judo. All with the help of the British Judo Association, who identified the club for its great progress and awarded it the honour of Club of the Year for 2015.

“2017 is already looking exciting and a buzz is growing within the club – a number of players will be competing internationally over the next couple of months and a wealth of younger players are starting their judo careers.”

For those who are interested in joining the club visit their Facebook page at Black Dog Judo Club.

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at the dojo at the Chaucer in Bungay, with new classes starting on Mondays soon.