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SHS pupil wins Gold Medal in National Judo Championship

 Year 7 Stamford High School pupil, Sofia Palmer, has just won the 48kg category at the Welsh National Judo Championships. Sofia won three contests against girls in the age 10-11 category and she was crowned champion as she picked up her esteemed gold medal.  

Sofia started judo when she was just seven. Rutland Schools Sports Partnership in conjunction with Vale Judo Club facilitated and introduced judo sessions to children throughout Rutland attending local Primary Schools. Sofia enjoyed judo from day one and carried on training at Vale Judo Club in Oakham. The amount of training sessions increased gradually over the years, and now she attends 4-5 hours of training every week.

Sofia has attended 11 competitions this year so far, including local, national and international events. She was fortunate enough to be able to compete at the Spring Championships in Oslo, Norway earlier this year, winning a silver medal in her age and weight category. Sofia also attended an international judo training camp in Dublin, where she had the amazing experience of being taught by world class judo players, such as Ilias Iladis who won a bronze medal for Greece in the Olympics this year.

Sofia now sets her sights on travelling to Sweden in November where she will be staying with a host family whilst she is competing.

Heidi Myles, PE Teacher at Stamford High School, said “We are extremely proud of Sofia’s achievements in Judo and wish her all the very best in Sweden later this term. We look forward to following and celebrating her achievements in the future.”