Risedale youngster to compete at national judo championships

Scarlett Curtis with Judo coach Glynn Fidgeon at Newbiggin Judo Grand Prix.

Year 7 Risedale Sports and Community College student Scarlett Curtis is to compete at the national Schools Championships  for judo after winning a qualifier at the weekend.

Scarlett, 11, from Catterick Garrison, competed in the Northern Area British Schools Judo Championships held at Mortimer Community College, in South Shields, at the weekend.

She won her competition and is now is the Northern Area Champion for Years 6 and 7 in her weight category, which is under 40kg.

Winning at the area championships means that Scarlett has now qualified to represent Risedale at the National Schools Championships next year where she will fight other regional champions for the national title.

Selina Brierley, head of PE at Risedale, said: “This is an awesome achievement.

“We’re so pleased to hear about how well Scarlett doing and it’s made even more special that she’s representing Risedale at the School Sports Championships.”

Mum Emma added: “This is some achievement for Scarlett.

“She is usually so quiet and timid but she is a completely different girl on the mat. We’re very proud indeed.”

Scarlett attends the FIJ Sportif Judo Club training at Catterick Leisure Centre and is coached by British Judo Masters medallist, Glynn Fidgeon.

Scarlett has been practising judo for more than two years years and currently holds a yellow belt and will be working towards her orange belt next.

A week prior Schools Championships Scarlett also fought in the North East Judo Grand Prix in Newbiggin securing a gold and in October is travelling to Ireland with her coach to fight there as well.