NEWPORT schoolboy Dan Rabbitt has added three more gold medals to his growing collection.
Dan, a pupil at Caerleon Comprehensive School, took gold in the BJC British Championship event in Northampton, having now moved up in weight to the 50Kg category.
In a pool of eight players from clubs throughout the UK, Dan had four fights, winning three convincingly with the maximum “ippon” score and the final fight by referee decision after a gruelling contest.
More recently, he took gold at the BJA Welsh Championship closed tournament at the Wales Institute of Sport, Cardiff.
This competition is important as medal success leads to a place training with the Welsh squad in the dedicated dojo in the WIS facility at Sophia Gardens.
Again, Dan won his first two fights with confidence by “ippon”. The final was a gripping contest with Dan initially down on points. He battled on to score putting the fight back to a tie. In the closing seconds Dan threw his opponent and secured him in a hold down. His opponent, exhausted, accepted defeat and “tapped” out to concede the fight.
Finally, on the morning after the Welsh Closed, he travelled to Bristol for the Bedminster open event. This tournament turned out to be the toughest of the three. He had a total of five fights, winning each along the way and ending with another nail biting final to take gold.
Dan now looks forward to the Kent International event, open to all-comers from Europe, in Crystal Palace on June 28.
Dan trains with the Dragons Judo Academy in Cardiff, which is currently open for new member recruitment. For further information contact Stephen Abberley on 07540 377969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.