Paddy wins gold as Rush perform well at British Schools event

Gold medallist Paddy Lish with coach Laurie Rush in Sheffield.
Gold medallist Paddy Lish with coach Laurie Rush in Sheffield.

Berkhamsted-based Rush Judo won a clutch of medals at the British Schools Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.

The event, held over two days, saw more than 700 judoka competing across a range of weight bands.

On Saturday black-belt Paddy Lish sailed through the rounds unbeaten with convincing Ippon wins to make the final.

He won the gold-medal match in less than three minutes with a stunning Ippon throw to take to the podium as the Year 12/13 U66kg champion.

Jemima Cadge, Nicole Wood and Logan McAdam all earned silver medals with very tough finals.

Bethany Wood also did well to take a bronze medal.

Sunday saw the British Schools Adaptive Needs Championship where Rush’s Stanley Walker was crowned champion, while Ciara McKenna won a bronze medal.

Coach Laurie Rush said: “Well done to all the team, there were some great performances and a special mention for Bethany Wood who was the lone green-belt in the podium of brown-belts.”