Former world champion on hand to present club’s awards

Great Britain's Craig Fallon.

Great Britain's Craig Fallon. - Credit: AP

The award-winning Black Dog Judo Club has hosted its annual presentations for 2016 with more than 120 members enjoying a night to celebrate its national success.

Members enjoyed a brilliant night and were surprised to see former world champion, European champion and double Olympian Craig Fallon, who handed out the awards.

Black Dog Club coach Mark Purllant said: “We are honoured for Craig to have made the trip to be with us to hand out the awards. It made it very special for our players.”

Many were credited for their success in 2016. The fundamentals class for three and a half to five years received certificates and won medals. The five to six years class won medals for being the outstanding class of 2016.

Player of the year for mat one went to Jack Gee who at five has demonstrated a great attitude to learning. Female player of the year for mat two went to Hannah Lumb for her persistence and improvement. Male player of the year for mat two went to Henry Ward who has competed successfully against national players. Female player of the year for mat three went to Eden Southgate whose determination to better herself was rewarded with a silver medal at the British Pre-cadet Championships at which she secured her place in the England squad.

Brother Callum took the male player of mat three award after a win the British Schools Championships and a listing in the British rankings.

There were special awards including recognition for Rory Southgate whose commitment is second to none. Lucas Jarana won the player’s player award. Other winners included Thomas Hambling, Markus Chang, Ollie Ward, Tayla Southgate, Carl Maddison, Owen Cowan, Sasha Pallister, Lennon Southgate, Digby Harrison and Morgan Davidson.

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Niamh Southgate won the best female award after being undefeated in major national competitions. She became British champion and made the England squad. At 12, Niamh has the potential to become an international champion.

The best male award went to Oliver Purllant. Ollie had a great year, winning medals at national ranking competitions, placing him in the national rankings list.