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    Bishop Ramsey student secures Judo Gold

    Year 10 student Chelsea Pledge, represented Bishop Ramsey School at the London Schools Judo Qualifier event and won Gold.

    Year 10 student Chelsea Pledge, who is a Judo enthusiast and gymnast, recently represented Bishop Ramsey School at the London Schools Judo Qualifier event. Chelsea excelled and won all of her fights to secure a Gold medal in the under 48kg for Years 10 -13. This means she has qualified for the British School Championships to be held in Sheffield in March where Bishop Ramsey School will be represented for the first time.

     Chelsea, 14, has been doing Judo for 5 years; she participates at school and is a member of the Hillingdon Judo club as well as regularly participating in competition. Chelsea is a green belt but in competition fights in a blue belt with her name on it and, according to her club is showing great potential. She explained that there are 16 competitors in her category from all over the country and each knock out stage is 4 minutes.

    Winning is not new to Chelsea she has been very successful in her judo career so far. She is double time London Youth Games champion winning Individual Gold and Team Silver in 2012, and Individual Gold in 2013. She also won the Hillingdon Mayor’s Sports Award 2012 for winning Gold at London Youth Games. Chelsea has also participated in the British Open and the London Open winning Gold. She hopes to take part in the London Youth Games 2014 in May at Crystal Palace and win Gold again. Chelsea explained she likes the competition and the fighting.

    Looking ahead, Chelsea wishes to take part in internationals in the next few years. Her ambition is to be chosen for the English squad and be selected for the Olympic Games where of course she will be going for Gold. In the future she would like to coach and encourage others to take part in the sport she loves.

    Congratulations to Chelsea from everyone at Bishop Ramsey and good luck in Sheffield.