YOUNG Kidderminster judo star Leah Grosvenor looked to be back to her best as she took double gold at the Midlands age bands at Walsall.
Apart from current British champion Josie Steele just about all of the major British players in Leah’s under 57 kilos weight category were present, but the Samurai Judo Club player cruised into the final with three excellent wins out of three, mixing quality throws with good gripping and neat groundwork.
In the final she faced the player who defeated her for the bronze at the British cadets last December, but this time Leah had the tactics right and she completely dominated the contest, with her opponent receiving penalties to give Leah the win and the gold.
Leah, aged 14, also entered the under 20 years section the next day and her dominance was even more pronounced. She easily won every to take her second gold of the weekend.
Olivia Turner also entered both sections and medalled in both, gaining bronze both times and produced good performances against the current British number one and number two.
An excellent win against in the cadets bronze play-off also gave her more points towards her black belt.
Nathan Gallacher was another player to enter both sections. He had several wins by maximum points in the cadet section and gained a bronze in the older age band section to give him the medal his performance over the weekend deserved.
In the younger players section, Callum Spencer was on good form, an early bye and a good win took him into the semi-final, he lost out to the eventual gold medalist and looked out of contention in the bronze play-off before pulling off two excellent throws to win the match and the bronze.
Younger Samurai players put in good performances included Martin Allen, Spencer Benton and Jakes Ashen. Jake’s younger brother Harry finished fifth in his category, just missing out on a medal in his first major event.