NEWPORT schoolboy Dan Rabbitt struck gold in the Cadet British Judo Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

The 16-year-old Caerleon Comprehensive School pupil won all five of his fights convincingly by ippon to take the gold medal.

Rabbitt was particularly impressive with his Uchi-mata throws, proving too much for two of his opponents.

He also showed his ability to win in newaza (groundwork) with two wins by armlock submission and another by hold down.

The British Championships are the final major competitions of the year, culminating in the highest award at domestic judo level.

Rabbitt had prepared well for this year’s event having been selected in October to train in Japan on a 10-day camp as part of the GB futures development squad. This, along with the high level of training provided by the Talent Cymru Judo program and the solid foundation provided from Dragons Judo Academy coach Stephen Abberley, has put Rabbitt in a great position.

It has opened up many opportunities for future international events at both cadet and junior level.

Abberley said: “Dan fought brilliantly at these championships and I’m proud to be his coach.”

Rabbitt returns to Sheffield this Saturday to fight in the Junior British Judo Championships (under-21s) where he will face some extremely tough competition from the older players.

He is now preparing with his club, Dragons Judo Academy and with the Welsh squad in the Wales Institute of Sport in Cardiff with a view to competing in selected European Cup competitions and possible selection for the European championships next year.

Dragons Judo Academy is currently open for new member applications. For further information contact Stephen Abberley on 07540 377969.