Independent councillor Roma McAfee has praised the efforts of the Causeway Judo Club who last Saturday won a mass of medals at the Northern Ireland closed trials in Coleraine.
Councillor McAfee, who is a family friend of the club’s head coach Alan Ashcroft, said: “The exhaustive list of medals which the club has won, not only last week but in previous competitions is testament to the talent in the area.”
The club walked away with no less than eight Northern Ireland titles, four silvers and five bronzes and will lead to a number representing Northern Ireland in the near future.
“I had the pleasure of being invited up to one of the training sessions this week and was very impressed by the numbers of young boys and girls who are training with the club.
“I simply want to take the time to recognise the achievement of the club and the youngsters who are doing such a great job promoting our area throughout the United Kingdom,” said Cllr McAfee.
“The results speak for themselves and it is good to hear that there is a strong probability that several of the club will be taking part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”
Cllr McAfee explained that she trained with the club a number of years ago and particularly praised the leadership of Alan Ashcroft.
“Alan has done a phenomenal job bringing the club and its members to this stage,” she said.
“Personally I don’t think that he or the club get the recognition they deserve.
“In the next couple of months I will be looking at how the council can help the club financially. If over £15,000 can be handed over the Milk Cup each year then something can be found to support the great work of the club.”